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Bill Quickly Introduced For Table Games In Md.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It didn’t take long for legislation that would allow table games at Maryland slot machine venues to be introduced in the state Senate.

Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, D-Baltimore County, introduced the measure on Friday in the first week of the session.

Klausmeier says she favors legalizing games like blackjack and poker offered in neighboring states. She says sites offering those games now have a competitive advantage over Maryland gambling venues.

It’s unclear how much support exists for expanding gambling this year. Gov. Martin O’Malley said he wasn’t going to push for table games when asked about the idea during last year’s campaign. Even if the bill passes and O’Malley signs it, Maryland voters would have to approve the proposal in a referendum next year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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