Coverage of the debate over legalizing slot machine gambling in Maryland

A proposal to put slot machines at BWI airport has moved from impossible to merely a long shot.
With less than two weeks remaining in summer, there are 211 teaching vacancies in Baltimore City Schools, officials said Tuesday.
Amusement game operators and distributors are fighting the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission's proposed regulations on arcade games, but the agency already has new authority that could affect the side of the game business that operators don't like to talk about: illegal slot machines.
Maryland Live officials are fond of touting the Hanover facility's standing as the highest-grossing casino in the Mid-Atlantic when only slots revenue — which is all it had until introducing table games Thursday — is taken into account.
Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Tuesday that will expand pre-kindergarten education and lift the "inherently dangerous" legal stigma from the pit bulls of Maryland.
Nearly 650 mares were bred in Maryland this year, a 13 percent increase over 2012, and a surge in state slots gambling revenue could help grow the number again next year.
The state's largest casino plans to install 150 table games that take wagers of up to $10,000, Maryland Live officials said Wednesday in the first detailed announcement since voters legalized table games last week.
An Anne Arundel County jury has awarded a Cordish Cos.-backed pro-slots campaign committee substantially less than it sought from a Glen Burnie engineer who admitted removing its signs because he opposed the 2010 ballot effort to bring slots to the Arundel Mills area.
The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval to Gov. Martin O'Malley's gambling bill early Wednesday morning, agreeing to allow table games and a sixth casino in the state while also giving new tax breaks to casino owners.
Two groups are formally objecting to the casino license awarded to Caesars Entertainment affiliate for a planned Baltimore casino, arguing in part that bids were solicited for a slots parlor — and the project should be opened up again to bids now that the General Assembly has approved table games, such as poker and black jack.
The chief executive office of MGM says his company is not seeking tax breaks to build a casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County.
A recent audit of the State Lottery Agency found inadequate security protections for its computer systems and insufficient oversight of its video lottery terminal program.
The expansion of gambling in Maryland, again, distracts lawmakers from the more immediate concern of the state's budget.
Executives of Caesars Entertainment, the leading bidder for a slots parlor in Baltimore, gave lawmakers explicit assurances Friday that their company will not abandon the city for Prince George's County if the General Assembly approves a casino there.
The state has awarded a casino license to the sole applicant at the struggling Rocky Gap resort in Western Maryland.
A high-stakes bill to expand gambling is still unsettled in Annapolis, but one thing seems clear: The payout right now is going to lobbyists.
Maryland's slots commission Friday threw out a bid by former state Democratic Party Chairman Nathan Landow to build a casino at the Rocky Gap resort, leaving a single offer on the table to construct a Western Maryland casino
The Maryland Jockey Club -- the financially-strapped operator of the state's major thoroughbred racetracks -- substantially cut its losses last year thanks to state slots subsidies, but it still falls short of becoming financially stable.
In response to concerns raised by a high-profile applicant for a downtown Baltimore slots casino, Maryland officials have relaxed a rule designed to keep people with past gambling transgressions from winning licenses to operate such facilities.
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold told the county's members of the House of Delegates Friday that anticipated slots revenue would likely stave off the need for public employee furloughs.
Maryland Del. Luedtke hopes to stop spread of 'backdoor slots'
Board of Public Works approved spending of $168 million to equip the Maryland Live! Casino with 4,719 electronic slot machines.
Proposal comes after reopening of Rosecroft Raceway
The state slots commission voted unanimously Wednesday to throw out bids by developers seeking to build casinos in Baltimore and Western Maryland, saying the applications failed to provide minimum requirements.
The engineer accused of taking down more than 70 pro-slots signs during last fall's heated referendum on whether to allow slot parlors in Anne Arundel County was fined $5,000 Thursday by a judge and granted probation before judgment on a single conviction of theft.
Caesars Entertainment Corp., the world's largest casino operator, applied Friday for the license to run the slot machine parlor proposed for Baltimore, while three developers will compete for the opportunity to run a casino in Western Maryland.
A state panel sweetened the terms Wednesday for bids for the slots licenses in Baltimore and Rocky Gap.
Attorneys for New Mexico say the money paid in support of a Canadian developer's bid to build a Baltimore casino came from proceeds of an alleged pay-to-play scandal involving the son of a friend of former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Two developers say they are planning to submit bids Friday to operate a casino in Western Maryland, and the head of the state slots commission said there are "multiple people interested" in the Baltimore slots license.
Surviving worker of Friday accident now in "fair" condition
The surviving worker involved in a fatal mishap Friday at the construction site of the Arundel Mills slots parlor was in serious but stable condition, a Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Monday morning.
State officials agreed Wednesday to extend the bidding deadline for the Baltimore slots license by nearly two months, a move that delays the selection process until after the city's contested mayoral primary in September.
One worker died and another was injured after an accident at the slots construction site at Arundel Mills mall, Anne Arundel County Police said Friday.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil plans Wednesday to direct nearly all of the revenue from Baltimore's long-delayed slots casino to reducing property taxes for city residents who live in their homes, aides said.
The Town Center at Arundel Preserve represents a foray into more high-end options in fast-growing western Anne Arundel, and more specifically the area around Arundel Mills mall.
City officials have agreed to pay a local development team $1.2 million to settle a 2007 deal on land slated for the Baltimore slots casino, clearing one of the last legal hurdles before the site can be developed.
After two unsuccessful attempts to transform the debt-ridden Rocky Gap Lodge in a profit generating casino, Maryland lawmakers are considering a package of financial incentives to slash the tax rate and erase millions in fees in an attempt to attract a bidder.
State slots commissioners are urging lawmakers to loosen the requirements for prospective developers of the casino at Rocky Gap in Western Maryland, which has proved the least attractive of the five sites approved for slot machine gambling.
The Cordish Cos. can resume work on what is expected to be the state's most lucrative slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall, after opponents withdrew an appeal that has held up work on the project for a month.
Opponents of slots at Arundel Mills mall are asking the state attorney general to investigate claims that the Cordish Cos. violated election law by offering ownership stakes and perks to local business owners in exchange for support at the ballot box of its planned billion-dollar casino.
Even if he is able to overcome the legal obstacles to his proposed Baltimore casino, Canadian developer Michael Moldenhauer is unlikely to be granted a license to operate slot machines in the city, according to court documents filed this week.
Lawyers for the developer seeking to build a billion-dollar slots emporium at Arundel Mills mall said Tuesday that the Anne Arundel County elections board failed to vet an anti-slots petition for a ballot referendum because it did not compare the signatures with voter registration records.
The coalition opposed to slots at Arundel Mills mall has filed necessary paperwork with state officials to begin work on its referendum campaign, coalition officials announced Monday.
Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos is bidding to buy a bankrupt horse-racing track in Prince George's County and resurrecting a push to allow slot machines at that facility. Angelos' proposal came as Maryland's second slots casino opened Tuesday.
The fate of a planned billion-dollar gambling and live entertainment complex at Arundel Mills mall now rests in the hands of a judge.
Voters in Anne Arundel County are nearly evenly split on a ballot referendum that will decide the fate of a planned billion-dollar slots casino and entertainment complex at Arundel Mills mall, according to a new Baltimore Sun poll.
Annicelli, whose efforts benefitted greatly from the financial backing of the Maryland Jockey Club, is one of the many political novices who have stuck their head under the curtain of politics and grown overwhelmed or frustrated by what they found.

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