John Morton

Gambling special session in August? One Harford lawmaker says he'll boycott

The possibility of the Maryland General Assembly holding another special session next week to take up gambling expansion appears slim; however, one may still be called in August.

If so, at least one Harford legislator says he'll boycott, regardless, while another says he'll turn thumbs down on any effort to change the slots tax rate.

In late June, it appeared almost a certain that Gov. Martin O'Malley would call back legislators into special session — the second this year — July 9 to vote on a bill that could potentially expand gambling in the state.

Two weeks ago, however, a state panel couldn't come to a consensus on the matter and was split, 8-3, on a...