Miller wants a Prince George's slots venue
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) raised the possibility of adding a slots venue in Prince George's County -- an idea certain to spark discussion early in the 90-day session.
Most lawmakers from the county have previously opposed the concept, with some fighting vigorously against it. But Miller, whose district includes a portion of Prince George's, said the tide could be turning as Maryland struggles to get its potentially lucrative slot machine gambling program up and running.
"We need to look at whether we need any other locations," Miller told reporters. "I've got an interest in Prince George's County, frankly."
Maryland voters authorized sites in five counties in 2008, and adding or changing a location would require another ballot measure. Miller said he is confident a referendum could pass this fall and that a venue would help the Prince George's tax base and schools.
He said he had no single location in mind but ticked off several: Rosecroft Raceway, National Harbor or an equestrian center in Upper Marlboro.
"We're looking at all viable options," Miller said, adding that a bill has not been drafted and he has not consulted his counterpart, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel).
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