Md. Speaker Doesn’t Sense Urgency On Table Games

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Busch says he doesn’t see the need to approve legislation to expand table games at gambling facilities this year.

Busch underscored to reporters on Tuesday that any expansion of games like blackjack and roulette must be approved by Maryland voters. The soonest that can happen is November 2012.

That means lawmakers will have an entire session next year to approve additional gambling legislation.

Busch, D-Anne Arundel, says he’s not opposed to entertaining ideas that come forward. However, he says lawmakers in both the House and Senate would benefit from carefully considering the proposals over the summer, along with input from the governor’s office.

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