The Maryland House of Delegates won’t convene for a special session on expanded gambling until next Friday, one day after the session is set to begin.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) on Friday notified members of his chamber of the delay. Aides said a significant number of delegates have scheduling conflicts Thursday and acknowledged the House is likely to move more slowly on the legislation than the Senate.
The bill that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will introduce is expected to allow a new casino in Prince George’s County and Las Vegas-style style table games at the state’s existing slots locations.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) has indicated his chamber will convene Thursday, with the hope of taking action on the gambling bill by Friday.
Busch’s memo Friday also confirmed that lawmakers will consider a bill related to the state’s recent high-court ruling on the liability associated with pit bulls.