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O’Malley calls August session to mull casino, table games in Maryland
The Washington Times ^ | July 26, 2012 | Emily Hatton

Posted on 07/27/2012 8:43:55 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will call a special session of the General Assembly between Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 to discuss a sixth casino and allowing table games in the state.

Delegate Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat who chairs the subcommittee that deals with gambling, confirmed Mr. O'Malley’s plans Thursday. Mr. O'Malley, flanked by Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. will formally announce the session in Annapolis Friday morning. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, is the only person with the power to call a special session in Maryland.

On Wednesday, Mr. Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat, held a closed-door meeting with House leadership to inform delegates that the governor will be calling the session, Mr. Turner said.

“He wanted us to be on notice and indicate to us that we’re going to put out a work,” Mr. Turner said.

Mr. Busch’s spokeswoman, Alexandra Hughes, would not comment onthe subject of the meeting, saying only that Mr. Busch wanted to meet with his leadership team. About 30 people attended, she said.

At the session, the General Assembly will consider legislation that would start the process of establishing a sixth casino at National Harbor in Prince George’s County and allowing table games like blackjack and roulette at all of the state’s casinos.

If the General Assembly passes a bill, Marylanders will vote on the gambling expansion in November. The deadline for adding bills to the ballot is Aug. 20.

A draft of the legislation has not been written yet, Mr. Turner said, but various ideas are being discussed.

“I think we have an obligation to put out a product that people can vote on,” Mr. Tuner said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: frankturner; gambling; legislature; martinomalley; michaelbusch; nationalharbor; pgcounty; specialsession

1 posted on 07/27/2012 8:44:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!

2 posted on 07/27/2012 8:46:55 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So Gov. O’Malady thinks another casino will be a cash cow to the sorry state of gay Marryland? Who wants to travel there just to gamble other than idiots?

3 posted on 07/27/2012 9:05:28 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: tflabo

Too Bad all his High Taxpayers left the State

4 posted on 07/27/2012 9:17:33 PM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: tflabo
Maryland had slot machines back in the '60s and before. I recall a pier built out into the Potomac River from Colonial Beach, VA, long enough to cross the State Line (which hugs the Virginia shore).

There was a gambling joint on the end of the pier, with the State Line painted on the pier so you did not cross over in violation of Virginia's drinking laws.

It was a big deal then, and most of grocery stores on the MD side had a few slot machines in them (I can't say about the bars, but I think they usually did, too).

5 posted on 07/27/2012 9:21:57 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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Yes, we had gambling in Southern Md.,but the rest of the state was jealous of it’s growth and they outlawed the slots.
Now we get gambling everywhere in Maryland,except Southern Maryland.

In fact money is spread around everywhere in Maryland except Southern Maryland. Our roads are falling apart we need two bridges,all we get is the leftovers from Baltimoe and Annapolis.

6 posted on 07/28/2012 5:01:29 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

When did slots get outlawed?

7 posted on 07/28/2012 9:20:20 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: posterchild

In 1968.

We were rolling up until that time, Waldorf Md. was about to become the Las Vegas of the east. People driving down to Fla. from up north were stopping off and spending a fortune.

Montgomery County wa jealous and their preachers got together and told the old lie about indigent persons spending their welfare money in the slots and they ended it.

8 posted on 07/28/2012 9:49:04 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I had forgotten all about that history (was too young to see it first hand) and it has been a while since I drove down 301 past the wigwam.

I was thinking it was more recent as I had seen what looked like slot machines in Chesapeake Beach in the past decade. I hadn’t actually used one of them so for all I know they may actually be electronic bingo machines or something similar.

9 posted on 07/29/2012 11:58:50 AM PDT by posterchild
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It’s a freak of the law that allows the Rod and reel Restaurant to have those machines.

The law allows pull tabs in some places, and those machines use pull tabs,but work like slot machines. They distribute the tabs which you must take to the bartender-cashier and turn in for the winnings.They have had them there for a while now,but here comes the kicker.

Some restaurants in St. Marys County got wind of the way it was done, and they started doing it in St. Mary’s County, they got away with it for a while because half of the profits went to charity. It kept somw schools open and gave the Fire departments and Lions club and some other charities a nice income.

St. Mary’;s restaurants got away with it for about 6 months, and then the State woke up and saw their LOtto profits slacking. Slacking by about $11,000 dollars a day.

athey jumped right in and broke it up, then they passed this farce slots bill that nowsfands.which by the way there are no slot outlets in Sty. Mary’s County. Right now they are in Anne Arundel Mall ,in Ocean City, and a new one is expected to open at the National Harbor.

Now here comes another kicker. The machines at Chesapeake Beach are still there, and it is rumored that the owners are personal friends of Mike Miller Senate President of the Maryland Legislature.

So if you saw machines resembling slots at Chesapeake Beach you are right.

Now all of these machines are electronic,as are the ones in Vegas and Atlantic City, and at Dover. Now Personal;ly I do not trust electronic machines.

The old mechanical machines were set to pay out 80-20. In other words they kept 20% for the house. But they were set and sooner or later they paid off. With Electronic machines I just don’t trust that computer to pay me off.

I don’t play any slots very often,but none of the modern slots arouns in Dover or Atlantic city pay of with cash any more, they give you a receipt you take to the Cashier, I always liked the sound of my hit being put in the tray. Many machines today don’t even have the one arm that gave the s;lots their nickname.

10 posted on 07/29/2012 1:00:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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