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Leopold Submits Legislation for Slots Zoning in Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) submitted legislation to the County Council today that would allow conditional use zoning for a slot-machine gambling parlor at either Arundel Mills shopping mall or Laurel Park race track.

Organizations have submitted bids to the state for parlors at both sites, though a state commission has disqualified the Laurel site because track operators did not submit a required $28.5 million initial licensing fee.

Leopold said his bill contains several protections for the surrounding communities, including a required submission of a traffic management plan. The bill will be open to public comment and is expected to draw significant debate from the council.

"While I remain personally opposed to expanding gambling, the people have spoken loudly and clearly on this issue," Leopold said, referring to a November referendum that authorized slots at five sites in Maryland, including an Anne Arundel location.

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 2, 2009; 1:24 PM ET
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