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Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 07/03/2012

GOP delegate would boycott Maryland gambling session


One of the 3,200 slot machines at work on the opening night last month at Maryland Live ! casino in Anne Arundel County. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)
The odds of a Maryland special legislative session next week on expanded gambling have grown long, but at least one Republican delegate won’t be there if it happens.

Del. Glen Glass (R-Harford) announced Tuesday that he plans to boycott such a session if Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) calls one.

“If we are called back into session, I will be working in my district and spending time with my constituents instead of blowing taxpayer money on this nonsense,” Glass said, citing an estimated cost of more than $20,000 a day to hold a special session.

O’Malley had advertised next week as a likely time to debate allowing a Prince George’s County casino and Las Vegas-style table games at Maryland’s five existing slots locations.

A work group he set up recommended against holding a special session after it was unable to achieve buy-in last month from three members, all Democrats, who hold leadership positions in the House of Delegates.

But O’Malley has continued to press the issue, and as of Tuesday morning, had still not ruled out calling a session for next week — though he has said later this month is a possibility as well.

The House Republican caucus has taken a stand against a special session but not announced any plans to boycott en masse.

“That is his individual position,” House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert) said of Glass’s announcement. “The caucus has not taken such a position. . . .We’re still weighing our options.”

“I will not be in attendance even if I am the only member that will be absent,” Glass said.

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