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.
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.