O'Malley to address Senate Democrats Thursday

Gov. Martin O'Malley will appear before the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday morning, just before they report to the special session the governor called to consider expanded gambling.

Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for the governor, confirmed those plans Tuesday. She said that as of now there are no plans for the governor to address House Democrats when they gather in Annapolis Friday morning.

The Senate is expected to be the more receptive of the two chambers when O'Malley finally produces a bill, which lawmakers were still awaiting Tuesday afternoon. The House has long been more resistant to pleas for increase gambling.

Lawmakers are expected to consider a plan to allow a sixth casino in Maryland -- this one to be placed in Prince George's County -- and to permit table games at existing and future slots locations.

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