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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).

By John Wagner  |  January 14, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
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Enough with slots, already. The revenues will go to the schools? I thought that was the arguement for the lottery. What happened to that money?

Posted by: jckdoors | January 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Except for the filing fees, there is no slots revenue yet.

Posted by: Hellmut | January 14, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Excellant idea, put slots where the high rollers are, National Harbor, Las Vegas East or Atlantic City south!! Easy ferry ride from DC and Va., let the good times roll.

Posted by: VikingRider | January 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Do we see now why it was so stupid to pass this thing via referendum? Now every little change is going to have to go back on the ballot.

Posted by: member8 | January 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I opposed slots, but since we're going to have 'em anyway, National Harbor makes the most sense. At least that way we capture some revenue from out of state. Let Rosecroft rot for all I care.

Posted by: BamBamRubble | January 14, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Great more corruption coming our way as if we did not have enough already.

Posted by: tanishab1399 | January 14, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it stated years ago that the revenue from the lottery would help the tax base & schools ? Now it's the slots! Next thing you know is that, they are going to be saying that why not legalize drugs & that revenue would wipe out " all of the "STATES'" short fall with years to spare !

Posted by: curtis1112 | January 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The money from the five slots venues are to be used to keep the horse racing industry a live and for education. Mr. Miller's County will benefit from slots without having to put up with the greed, corruption and criminal/addict damaging activities. Five venues is all that is needed and I would vote against any more slots in MD. I really want the state government to pay attention the needs of people and still maintain some indepence from the emerging plutocracy which thinks of themselves as privileged individuals who know what is best for all peoples.

Posted by: CarmanK | January 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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