Bob Haney, commander of Dewey Lowman American Legion Post 109, said the post's executive committee would decide on whether to allow the gambling machines.
Haney said Wednesday afternoon that he expected the committee to allow the use of the machines.
"We have a mortgage payment and that's the one thing that's keeping us down from doing other things in the community," Haney said.
With extra funds, the post could be more active in supporting children's activities and providing outings for veterans, he said.
Ronald Alston, a member of the Jackson and Johnson American Legion Post 263, was also glad to hear the bill passed.
"I really think that it's a good thing because this will help all the American legion posts and the VFW posts financially," said Alston, who has served as commander of the post in the Winters Lane community of Catonsville for eight years.
"The good thing about it is that it goes to supporting the community," the Catonsville resident said.
Alston said he would not go "overboard" and predicted only a few of the machines would be installed at his post on Winters Lane.
He said the proceeds from those machines would go into a post scholarship program.
Representatives from the August J. Raveio American Legion Post 195 in Lansdowne could not be reached for comment.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Del. Eric Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat, said an organization could take in $360,000 a year from the machines.
The machines are similar in appearance to slot machines at the state's casinos. But their internal mechanics are slightly different. Winners and losers are predetermined by a printed roll of tickets inside the terminal, according to the Sun article.
The vote allows the machines in veterans' organizations in every county except Montgomery as part of an amendment to Gov.Martin O'Malley's bill that would also provide tax breaks for casino owners, allow table games in Maryland casinos and permit the state's sixth casino to be constructed inPrince George's County.
It passed, 32-14, in the Senate, and 71-58 in the House of Delegates.
Dels. Steven DeBoy and James Malone, who represent District 12A that includes Arbutus, Lansdowne and part of Catonsville, voted in favor.
State Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, who represents District 12 that includes Arbutus, Lansdowne, Catonsville and part of Howard County, also voted in favor.
Dels. Adrienne Jones andShirley Nathan-Pulliam, who represent District 10 that includes north Catonsville and the Liberty Road corridor, also voted in favor.
State Sen. Delores Kelley, who also represents District 10, voted against.
Del. Emmett Burns, who represents District 10, did not vote.
Burns, a minister and founder of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Woodlawn, said Wednesday he opposes any bill that allows gambling.
"I think gambling is a risky business and the machines or whatever are always weighted toward the house," he said. "It's not even a 50-50 proposition.
"I like veterans and I am a veteran, but when it comes to gambling, always no for me," said Burns, who served in the Air Force from 1975 to 1978.