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Md. Senate passes bill to put card games at Prince George's track

Table games.jpgVoters statewide would decide whether to legalize gambling on card games at an ailing Prince George's County racetrack, under a bill passed by the Maryland Senate on Wednesday.

The Senate voted 34 to 13 to seek voters' blessing in November to allow some Las Vegas-style table games, including poker and black jack, at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington.

Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's), the bill's sponsor and an avowed gambling opponent, has described the measure as a "desperation move" to keep the track afloat. There was no floor debate Wednesday before senators cast their votes.

The bill now moves to the House, where its odds of passage are far longer. House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) have said the state should focus on getting its slot machine program up and running before trying to further expand gambling.

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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Why does Muse believe that is is necessary, or even appropriate, for the state senate to keep a private business like Rosecroft afloat? Why did he select Rosecroft for such a special favor when many businesses in his district have failed or are in trouble?

Posted by: dcrussell | March 24, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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