The meeting included “some discussion of sports betting,” Davis said.
Sen. Guy Guzzone, a Howard County Democrat, said Snyder laid out a conceptual vision of how sports betting could fit in with a new stadium. Snyder appeared to be considering multiple locations for building a stadium and wasn’t seeking any taxpayer subsidies.
“He was saying: ‘Look, as part of what I want to do, I want to be part of this discussion, part of this engagement on sports betting.’ That was it. It was not a negotiation, just a conceptual discussion,” said Guzzone, who chairs the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee.
Meanwhile, state lawmakers will again consider whether to legalize sports betting and gambling in the state. Past efforts to legalize sports betting have failed, but some see it as a way to raise money for improvements to public schools.
Multiple bills dealing with sports betting are in front of lawmakers during this General Assembly session, including one introduced Wednesday that would change the state’s constitution so that any expansion of gambling would no longer require a change to the constitution.
Guzzone said he expects state lawmakers to “make some movement” on legalizing sports betting, which could bring in up to $30 million a year for the state. He said too many other states have legalized sports betting and are drawing money that could be going to Maryland instead.