This flurry of activity has apparently caused a kind of collective amnesia in Annapolis, where lawmakers have conveniently forgotten the promises they made to voters when Maryland legalized slot machine gambling a decade ago. Back then, they backed an amendment to the state constitution that says, among other things, “The General Assembly may only authorize additional forms or expansion of commercial gaming if approval is granted through a referendum, authorized by an act of the General Assembly, in a general election by a majority of the qualified voters in the State.” Now, though, that’s become inconvenient. Squabbling between private interests looking to cash in on sports betting scuttled an effort to get a referendum on the ballot in 2018, and another couldn’t be considered until 2020. So what are lawmakers to do? The Sun’s Jeff Barker reports that legislators and gaming lobbyists are trying an end run around voters by exploring the idea that sports betting could be authorized as if it were a new lottery game, which would not be subject to the referendum requirement.