Maryland Senate approves gambling expansion

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ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Senate approved legislation Tuesday morning that would allow a sixth casino license in Prince George’s County and expand gambling to allow table games at all casino locations in the state.

Senators voted 35-11 for the gambling bill after a debate late Monday night, with six of eight Prince George’s County lawmakers voting in favor of the measure, which authorizes the state lottery commission to select a casino site at either National Harbor or Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington.

Prince George's County Sens. Paul Pinsky and C. Anthony Muse voted against the legislation.

All aspects of the bill are subject to statewide referendum – from the issue of the sixth casino, to measures that authorize table games like blackjack and roulette at all gambling sites in Maryland. The bill also restructures slots revenues to give casino operators as much as 48 percent of revenues, depending on voters’ choices at the ballot.

In addition to the statewide vote, the referendum to bring a casino to Prince George’s would fail if a majority of county voters don’t approve gambling.

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Ben Giles

Staff Writer - Crime Beat
The Washington Examiner