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Maryland Table Games Bill Set For Senate Hearing

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate committee will hold a hearing on a measure to expand gambling in Maryland.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill that would pave the way for table games like blackjack. The measure also would allow a casino to be built in Prince George’s County.

Even if General Assembly approves, Maryland voters would have a say on table games and a new casino location in a statewide referendum.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker is scheduled to testify in support of building a high-end casino at National Harbor near the nation’s capital.

Currently, Maryland only allows five slot machine casinos. Two have opened so far, with a third expected to open this summer near Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County.

Governor O’Malley has publicly opposed the addition of table games to the state of Maryland. When asked about it as recently as last week, he said, ““I’m not barking up that tree.”

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