Ehrlich Calls Slots Referendum "Bad Policy"
After spending the better part of his administration and much of his political capital pushing for slot machine gambling, former governor Bob Ehrlich is opposed to the referendum that could finally bring slots to Maryland.
On his weekend radio show on WBAL (1090 AM), Ehrlich said the Nov..4 ballot question is "bad policy. This is not my bill; it's not anywhere close to my bill."
The majority of callers to the show, which was largely devoted to the slots issue, bashed the referendum.
Ehrlich said he still supports slots, but he echoed the view of many GOP lawmakers who argue that the proposed amendment to the state constitution would leave no flexibility should lawmakers want to increase or reduce the number of machines. The referendum would allow as many as 15,000 slot machines at five locations.
Ehrlich, though, said he is not actively campaigned against the ballot question.
September 29, 2008; 11:53 AM ET
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