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Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Wednesday that he hopes by the end of the week to have a draft bill to expand gambling.
O’Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Dist. 30) of Annapolis met with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) and several members of the city’s House delegation to discuss plans to allow table games and a sixth casino site, to be located in Prince George’s County.
Delegation members have expressed concern that allowing a casino in Prince George’s could jeopardize a planned Baltimore casino, and delegation Chairman Curt Anderson (D-Dist. 43) has said lawmakers want an increase in the city’s bonding authority for its public schools in exchange for their support.
Delegates said there was no vote or decision made at the meeting and that they would meet again next Wednesday to discuss the bill.
O’Malley said it was possible that he would have similar meetings with other state delegations in the coming days.
O’Malley needs to court House support in order for gambling expansion to pass. The Senate passed two expansion proposals during this year’s regular legislative session, but neither made it out of the House.