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Posted at 1:36 PM ET, 07/20/2010

Md. court rules for referendum on slots

By Washington Post editors

Maryland's highest court has issued an order allowing a referendum on the state's largest planned slots casino to move forward in Anne Arundel County.

Just hours after hearing arguments in the case, the Court of Appeals decided to allow a public vote on a zoning measure needed to build a 4,750-machine casino at Arundel Mills mall.

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge had ruled that the zoning measure was not subject to a public vote because it was part of an appropriations package.

The high court did not explain its reasoning in its order but apparently rejected that interpretation.

A coalition of homeowners surrounding the mall and horse-racing interests -- who want a slots casino at nearby Laurel Park racetrack instead -- had spearheaded a petition drive to put the measure on the ballot. Anne Arundel County law allows citizens to second-guess County Council decisions if enough voter signatures are gathered.

-- John Wagner

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Let the people who will be affected vote.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 20, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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