BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland panel has found that three applicants are suitable to pursue a license to open a casino near the nation’s capital.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission unanimously made the decision on Thursday.

The applicants are Prince George’s Racing Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Penn National; Maryland Casino, LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, and MGM National Harbor, LLC, a subsidiary of MGM.

The licensing division of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency conducted extensive background investigations of each applicant. State law requires background investigations to assess the financial capabilities and stability of potential casino owners as well as their integrity and good character.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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