The Gambling Expansion Workgroup met earlier this week to receive reports from the Department of Legislative Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The combined report from both said allowing table games at Maryland casinos would mitigate the impact of a sixth casino in Prince George’s County on casinos in Arundel Mills and in Baltimore City.
Harford County Executive David Craig appeared before the Workgroup and suggested that that Harford County be included in the mix of options for a new casino location if the Workgroup does recommend a Special General Assembly Session on expanded gambling.
The Workgroup also heard from the owner of the Casino at Ocean Downs who asked for a loosening of restrictions on its’ entertainment activities and to lower the tax rate to a rate comparable to the yet-to-open casino at Rocky Gap. Echoing testimony from Rocky Gap representatives at the first Workgroup meeting, Ocean Downs does not have a position on a Prince George’s casino.
The third and final Workgroup meeting is June 20.
At that meeting Workgroup members are to take action on final recommendations for consideration at a Special General Assembly Session that may be held on:
- Expanded gambling options in Maryland
- Changes to Maryland’s gaming control structures based on reviews of similar structures in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
If that Special Session is called, all indications are it will be held the week of July 9.
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MTC President & CEO