Judge Rejects Laurel Slots Appeal
An Anne Arundel County judge today rejected a challenge to Maryland's slot machine-gambling law by Laural Racing Association, whose bid to operate a slots parlor was disqualified last month by a state panel.
Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford II ruled that a required $28.5 million licensing fee is refundable and is permitted under the state constitution. Lawyers for Laurel had argued otherwise in an effort to have the track's bid for a slots license reconsidered. Laurel failed to submit the licensing fee with its application.
Laurel has also filed administrative appeals to overturn the state's decision. Those are scheduled to be discussed tomorrow by the state panel, which is meeting in Annapolis. A competing bid to operate a slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall is under consideration by the panel.
A spokesman for Laurel said it is considering an appeal of the court decision.
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