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Casino expansion challenge rejected

An Anne Arundel County judge threw out a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the referendum last November in which Maryland voters approved an expansion of casino gambling after a $95 million campaign.

Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth rejected a contention by plaintiffs who opposed the expansion that the referendum required a majority of all Maryland voters — rather than a majority of those casting their ballots — to pass.

Silkworth also said the plaintiffs waited too long to bring their suit.

The measure passed 52 percent to 48 percent.

michael.dresser@baltsun.com

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