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A state commission is likely to decide in two weeks whether to grant a slots license to a proposed facility in Cecil County, Donald C. Fry, the panel's chairman said Wednesday.

The commission formally accepted a revised plan from Penn National Gaming to put 1,500 slot machines at a Perryville location, off Interstate 95. The company had previously bid for 500 machines.

Commission member Robert R. Neall, a former state legislator, called the Cecil location "a very, very viable site" and noted that Penn National is an experienced gaming operator during preliminary discussions Wednesday.

"I just think this is a very, very good business location," Neall said.

The seven-member state commission has previously awarded one of the five licenses that voters authorized last year, for 800 slot machines at the Ocean Downs racetrack on the Eastern Shore.

The commission on Wednesday also reviewed a consultant's report related to a proposed casino at Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County. The report concluded the proposed operator, Cordish Cos., is qualified for a license. But that site faces other hurdles, most notably a local zoning battle in front of the Anne Arundel County Council.

On Wednesday, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) released a letter from his county attorney advising that agreements previously entered into between the mall and adjacent property owners should not impede plans for a casino. A group of property owners has argued otherwise.

The letter from County Attorney Jonathan A. Hodgson concludes that in the agreements "the description of possible future development is broad enough to include a (slots) facility which is both an entertainment component and a commercial use."

The commission next meets on Oct. 21.

By John Wagner  |  October 7, 2009; 3:14 PM ET
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