Senate GOP Stays Neutral on Slots
Maryland's Senate Republican caucus now has an official position on the November referendum on slot-machine gambling: No position.
The 14 GOP lawmakers, many of whom supported slots under former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Jr. (R) and fought Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) when he advocated a slots ballot question in a special session last year, found themselves divided at a meeting today.
"It's in the hands of the voters, so let the voters decide," said Sen. David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick), the outgoing minority leader.
House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert), meanwhile, said his caucus plans to take a "very different position than the Senate" next week, rolling out proposals on slots and state's growing budget woes.
The Senate caucus also elected Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard), a moderate who serves as minority whip, to the top GOP leadership post to replace Brinkley, who did not run for re-election. Brinkley cited family and business obligations. Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford) was elected to Kittleman's post. Jacobs is one of the legislature's most conservative members.
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