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O'Malley Releases Slots Bill

Governor says 56-page bill "will create predictability in the marketplace" while protecting local and city aid and giving Prince George's County the ability to decide if it wants a sixth slots venue in its county.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday night released the 56-page bill that will be the focus of a special session on expanded gambling in the state.

Legislators will be asked to vote on legislation that could add a sixth casino, most likely at National Harbor in Prince George's County as well as legalize table games.

“The legislation we are sending to the members of the General Assembly will create predictability in the marketplace, protect local and city aid being generated at existing sites, ensure authorized facilities are able to be built, and allow the people of Prince George’s County the opportunity to decide whether they want a sixth site for the benefit of their county and revenue base," O'Malley said in a statement released just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Aaron Meisner, a Mt. Washington resident, who was chairman of Stop Slots Maryland in 2008, said it was obvious to anyone who could comprehend the bill approved by voters four years ago, that table games and expanded gambling would eventually be proposed. He said at the time the market was already so saturated with slots casinos in surrounding states that it was an obvious progression to adding table games.   

"I told you so would be a succinct way of putting it," Meisner said.

The special session is scheduled to begin Thursday when the Senate reconvenes.

The House will return to Annapolis on Friday.

It is not yet clear if the governor has the 71 votes needed to pass the bill in the House of Delegates.

North Baltimore Patch reporter Adam Bednar contributed to this story.

mike a August 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Who here remembers how Erlich wanted slots to be distributed to small businesses? Who here remembers how the casinos were only going to be slots? Who here remembers how Arundel Mills was promised exclusive time limited rights? "allow the people of Prince George’s County the opportunity to decide" right........ when are the people of this state going to wake up to what the real face of corruption and cronyism looks like. there is no such thing as compromise with Annapolis. only incremental steps of getting what they want.
de. nielson August 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
amen buck i got chills reading the truth of comments
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT August 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Great comment today by Peter Schmuck (sp) on C-4 today. He asked - "I wonder what member of the O'Malley family will be the General Manager of the new National Harbor Casino?"
Steve August 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
LOL C4 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-olesker022703,0,499086.column
kevin August 11, 2012 at 04:29 AM
How funny and typically stupid defense Steve.Is this article from the same Mike Olesker who was let go in disgrace by The Baltimore Sun? Seems he had problems with telling the truth and plagurism. If this is so true why is Erlich and C4 such great friends today.Lets see if Mr.Olesker wasn't such a lazy flat out liar he might have looked into C4 and his SWEET contract he was negotiating with WBAL. Oh but WBAL and the Sun aren't attached at the hip as Mr.Oleskers other employer WJZ and the Sun were. Mr.Olesker the TV and Journalist who was terminated in disgrace
Arlow August 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
C4 had his share of ethics problems, too, back in 2002. C4 has basically sold out his family's name for money from WBAL to tout right wing BS and be their token black person. In heaven his deceased relatives are waiting for him with nerf sticks to beat him silly.
Steve August 11, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Why are Ehrlich and Julius Henson Friends today?
kevin August 11, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Nerf sticks to beat him silly ? That is flat out the most racist statement I've ever read in the Patch. the only thing missing was calling his relatives MASTERS and the N word.
kevin August 11, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I don't know why is O'Malley and Shattuck friends today Steve?
kevin August 11, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Hey ace ,if you can't answer the question don't waste my time with your English lesson. This is 2012 I bet you wouldn't understand a tweet or text.Your type of communication skills are ancient history. Let Steve or you or Fifa whoever you call yourself answer the question.
jag August 11, 2012 at 06:04 AM
"That is flat out the most racist statement I've ever read in the Patch." That is flat out the dumbest accusation of racism I've ever read in my life. Congrats.
Ronald August 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Wonder how much welectricity we could save by doing away with blogs?
Ronald August 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Mr. Sears, Don't you think it's time to shut down this blog?
jag August 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Right, those socialists and their casinos. You don't sound like a nutjob at all.
Buck Harmon August 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Bottom line___ Casino's destroy lives in the name of fun. Weak perceived leaders willingly promote them because of their corrupt in ability to manage fiscal responsibilities effectively. The funds have never been applied to the area's promised or needed. They tend to place many more depressed, loser drunks on the roads on a daily basis, endangering the lives of many on the roads. Elected public servants that promote, vote or participate in this kind of ill behavior should be literally thrown out of office, have their asses kicked, and thrown promptly into jail. End of discussion.
Evets August 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Why does a post about a humorous comment made by a guest on a radio show lead to an attack on the host of the radio show? (see below)
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT August 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
My guess is as C4 matured and started his career at WBAL, he listened to one of the masters of radio, Ron Smith, who had common sense and had many shows and guests discussing the future of our country with demographic, educational and cultural shifts, and rising debt, etc. I believe those listening to his show can hear where he stands with what he thinks his elder and deceased family members would think about where black americans are now. I also believe that since most of C4's guests are white, he has been able to see first hand that 99.9999% of white people do not wake up in the morning and think - how can I discriminate or hurt black people. Rather, they try to make a living for themselves and family. We have folks such as Arlow who are upset with the fact that he is doing well in his career, and is not on the plantation with other blacks - where Arlow would like them. So, the stock "sell out" line comes out.
Evets August 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I think this blog jumped the shark several days ago...
Steve August 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Well, your guess would be wrong.
Chris W August 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Buck. People can choose to play the slots or not, it is up to them. If your in idiot and think you can play the slots to fund your kids college fund you deserve what you get. Its entertainment pure and simple.
Christopher George Dick August 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM
O'Malley would still hold the session cause he wants to waste the taxpayers money-
Joe August 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
C4 is no different than many who were liberal in their youth. Then they grow up and become more intelligent and turn to the right. It takes some longer than others. I once voted for Jon Anderson and Angela Davis for president. Then I grew up and realized more as I earned more, that what I earned was mine and my families and it was up to me to help others where and how I could not up to those who demand my earnings for their favored groups.
Joe August 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Are they? I heard from Frank they were lovers.
Joe August 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Ahhh the supremacist in in da house!
Joe August 11, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Romney Ryan, truly moving America ahead and stopping the Great American Decline under the radical progressives. Stop the dictatorial executive once and fro all and send him back to his own war zone in Chicago. Or wherever he came from.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT August 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Frank, don't have to say face to face as you would like to in a confrontational manner. The statistics, the black unemployment, the black on black crime, the foreclosure rates of blacks vs. whites, etc. I could go on and on. It is out for everyone to see. C4 seems to be a person who understands what is going on now and wants to stem the tide. So no, I don't resort to the street in your face confrontations that you seem to want to do. No need to. I am very comfortable in life, family doing well because they have a great work ethic. I would like other people of all colors to see what great opportunities are out there for those willing to work, speak properly, and learn a skill needed in this economy. It happened to me, it can happen to other people also - if they pursue their opportunties and don't listen to those who because of their failure in life, try to pull other people down to join them.
kevin August 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
See everyone Frank is a FLAT out LIAR ! Where does kevin say that Frank ?
FIFA August 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Public school system appears to have issues.
FIFA August 11, 2012 at 06:54 PM
One thing is for certain, it s now a very clear choice. If Etch-a-sketch gets the SS/ Medicare vote shame on them. They will get exactly what they deserve. Especially from Ryan who relied on SS to go to college, now he wants to tear it apart.
James Fitch August 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
NO TAX CUTS FOR CASINOS. We should have the best schools in the country, with all the money they are getting from the lottery, and casinos, unless they are not getting the money.

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