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Maryland special session: O'Malley, lawmakers to consider gambling expansion

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Gov. Martin O'Malley is likely to call a special session to expand gambling next month.

O’Malley’s is expected to announce Thursday that the session will begin on August 8.

House Speaker Michael Busch met with lawmakers Wednesday to tell them to be prepared for a special session to expand gambling next month.

The meeting lasted for more than an hour.

Busch met on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland's largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George's County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.

Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to hold a special session this summer to tackle the issues of allowing table games and a new casino site. O'Malley wants a consensus to be reached before calling the session.

The sixth casino has been a tough sell in the House, where delegates have expressed concern about lowering the state's 67 percent tax rate.

 

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