Gov. O’Malley Announces He Will Call Special Session On Gambling Expansion
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will call a special session to expand gambling in Maryland.
The governor made the announcement at a news conference at 10 a.m. Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
It’s taken a long time to get to this point.
Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. Then, a work group convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.
Plans call for allowing table games like poker at Maryland casinos and allowing a new casino site in Prince George’s County.
Voters would ultimately have to approve. Lawmakers are facing an Aug. 20 deadline for the approval of ballot language to put gambling on the November ballot.
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