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Highest Md. court to hear suit on slots referendum

The Maryland Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit protesting the ballot language for November's slot-machine referendum, the high court said yesterday. On Wednesday, a panel of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judges ruled that the proposed ballot language was "misleading" but said it could be fixed by adding a single word to clarify that anticipated gambling revenues would "primarily" support state education programs. The current wording does not indicate that part of the money would go to other recipients, such as the gambling industry and the state lottery. That ruling was unsatisfactory to the plaintiffs, who are asking the court to alter the ballot language more significantly or to throw out the referendum entirely.

Gadi Dechter

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