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Jean B. Cryor
Ehrlich's slots bill defeated by House committee vote

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. lost the most critical legislative showdown of his administration so far yesterday as a House committee crushed his bill allowing slot machines at four Maryland racetracks. The vote was a devastating setback for Ehrlich and a clear-cut victory for House Speaker Michael E. Busch, who rallied House Democrats to oppose the top legislative priority of the Republican governor. After the 16-5 vote in the House Ways and Means Committee, Ehrlich's chief spokesman conceded defeat but took a hard line on future budget decisions - insisting that spending cuts, including to public schools, are the alternative, rather than tax increases. "At this point, the governor...

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