John Morton

Busch leaves door open for special session

House Speaker Michael E. Busch left the door open Thursday to continued efforts to reach an agreement on expanded gambling in time to call a special legislative session this summer, saying he expects to talk with the governor and Senate president to try to resolve the remaining issues.

The speaker's conciliatory message came as Gov. Martin O'Malley was releasing a statement in which he blamed the House leadership for the failure of a state work group to reach an accord on a new casino in Prince George's County.

"The commission arrived at a consensus for moving forward to resolve issues around gambling in Maryland. For some reason, the House leadership at the last minute...