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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Maryland House seeks to shape gambling bill

Update, 4:30 p.m.: A House panel has agreed to bump up the share of proceeds that may be retained by casinos in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore to compensate them for the additional competition in Prince George’s County.

The panel also agreed to strike a provision that would have allowed a temporary table games-only facility in Prince George’s to operate before a full casino opens there.

Update, 11:55 a.m.: In a delegation meeting, Baltimore delegates have taken a unified stand that a Prince George’s casino not be allowed to open for 30 months after Baltimore’s facility opens — a time frame likely to push the Prince George’s launch beyond the July 2016 date in the Senate-passed bill.

The delegation is also pushing an amendment to deny a Prince George’s venue to open temporarily with table games only, as the Senate bill allows.

Update, 11:15 a.m.: The House has recessed until 5 p.m. to allow for committee work and other meetings.

Original Post:

Members of the Maryland House of Delegates are returning to Annapolis on Monday with an opportunity to put their stamp on an expanded gambling bill that passed the Senate on Friday.


Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch speaks in front of Gov. Martin O'Malley at a news conference last year. (Patrick Semansky — Associated Press)
House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) has indicated there could be several changes, including some “tweaks” to the way the state would compensate other casinos and counties affected by a new gambling venue in Prince George’s County. He’s offered no specifics.

The bill, being considered in a special session called by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) would allow the new casino, as well as Las Vegas-style table games at Maryland’s five other slots facilities. Both expansions would be subject to voter approval in November.

The full House is scheduled to convene for a brief session at 10 a.m. The real work Monday will come later in the day in the Ways and Means Committee, which is planning to consider a large number of amendments, according to several delegates on the panel.

Check back here for updates as the day progresses.

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