Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and developers of National Harbor urged Maryland lawmakers on Wednesday to approve a measure to expand gambling in Maryland and allow a high-end casino next to the Potomac River close to the nation’s capital. A state senator whose district includes National Harbor said the concept is too big to take up in the middle of the legislative session.
Maryland lawmakers are still waiting for the big payout from the Legislature’s gamble more than four years ago on legalized slot machines.
Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday he believes a push to legalize table games in Maryland casinos is a distraction to more productive actions lawmakers should be discussing to improve the state this legislative session.
A Maryland board voted 2-1 on Wednesday to spend $168 million in taxpayer dollars to lease about 4,700 slot machines for use in what will be the state’s largest casino in Anne Arundel County.
The panel on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Baltimore City Casino, LLC, because it did not put up the required $22.5 million license fee needed for 3,750 slot machines.