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Judge kills Anne Arundel slots referendum

aaslots.jpgOpponents of a proposed slots casino at a suburban Maryland mall lost a battle when a judge ruled that their effort to block the gaming site through a public vote on the matter was not legal.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Silkworth ruled Friday that a zoning ordinance enacted by the county to allow the facility is not subject to a referendum.

Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. had sued the Anne Arundel County elections board, saying it overlooked fraud in a petition drive to put the issue before voters.

Alan Rifkin, attorney for two citizens group opposed to the mall slots and the Maryland Jockey Club, said he plans to appeal the decision.

Rifkin said he respects the court's order but "zoning and planning ordinances have always been subject to referendum."

"When the people voted in 2008 to allow slots facilities they did so with a clear understanding that those facilities were subject to all planning and zoning laws. There has been no appropriation of any revenue from a slots facility yet. ... We are confident that, on appeal, [the referendum] will be approved for the ballot."

- Staff and wire reports

By Aaron C. Davis  |  June 25, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
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Link to opinion, please.

Posted by: member8 | June 25, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

President Johnson said about his Vietnam War advisers:

"They are always confident but
often wrong".

I do believe money has already been appropriated by way of the 28,500,000 application fee.

So, Mr. Rifkin is apparenlty
wrong yet again.

Lets move forward not backwards.

Posted by: RealityCheck29 | June 25, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Great decision, now let's get things moving, this process has been delayed long enough.

Posted by: NotInRussett | June 28, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Ah yeah... get the signage ready... "You are now entering Atlantic City, Maryland".

Posted by: free-donny | June 29, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I was against slots anywhere in Maryland because I felt what is presently occurring would come true. The way the proposed slots zone in Anne Arundel County was bogus to begin with due to the fact that the Northern Portion of Anne Arundel County is less than 3 miles from the proposed Baltimore City Site. As for everyone who wants slots at Arundel Mills, I also hope that you want them in your area because if a slots parlor is up and running at Arundel Mills, given the bad economic situation in every county, I am willing to bet that slots will expand in your area.

Posted by: NoSlotsatArundelMillsMall | June 30, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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