State slots commissioner steps down

Retired judge James H. Taylor is stepping down from the state slots commission this week, the leader of the panel, Donald C. Fry, said today.

Taylor was one of two appointees to the commission by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Miller's other appointee, former Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall, stepped down last year. Miller will soon appoint a replacement for Taylor, Fry said.

The slots commission, which is meeting in Annapolis today, received a brief legal update on the Baltimore casino site. The first bidders, the Baltimore City Entertainment Group, have sued over a contract dispute with the city and the state. This morning, The Sun reported on other groups that are lining up for the state's second try at securing a developer for the city site.

Laurel Park is also pursuing a claim that it was wrongly rejected by the slots commission. The sole license for Anne Arundel County was awarded to developer David Cordish for a site at Arundel Mills Mall. Laurel Park's owners submitted a bid, but not the full licensing fee, and was tossed out. A Circuit Court judge is expected to hear arguments in that case later this spring, at attorney general told the slots panel today. 

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