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There's more evidence of movement (in some direction) on the Anne Arundel County slots front: The Maryland Gazette reported on Saturday that county council members are preparing to introduce two slots-related zoning bills as early as Monday.

One would allow for slot-machine gambling at Arundel Mills mall, a prospect that previously languished for months before the divided council. The second proposal would allow a slots casino only on large parcels south of Route 32, which would rule out Arundel Mills but include Laurel Park racetrack.

The Arundel MIlls plan is the only one pending before a state commission that picks Maryand's five slots sites. We reported in this space on Thursday that the commission is growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of action in Anne Arundel County and soon could set a deadline for the project's developer, Cordish Cos., to obtain zoning.

The rejection by the state of Cordish's bid would set off flurry of interest in the racetrack, which a bankruptcy judge has agreed to let let Manga Entertainment Corp. auction off early next year.

Where this all heads in the meantime remains unclear.

Cathleen M. Vitale, chairwoman of the Anne Arundel commissioners, told the Maryland Gazette that she doubts the divided seven-member council has reached a consensus.

"I think I've explained the delay ad nauseam," Vitale said. "The council has told me to wait until the state has gotten closer to vetting its own proposals."

By John Wagner  |  October 17, 2009; 1:20 PM ET
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