ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has approved a measure to help entice a bidder to put slot machines at the Rocky Gap Resort in western Maryland. 

The Senate voted 46-0 for the bill. 

The measure would allow a slot machine operator at the lodge to keep half of the earnings for 10 years. Slot machine operators at the other four slot machine sites in Maryland only get to keep 33 percent of the proceeds. 

A bidder also would be able to have a license at another slots venue in Maryland. 

Rocky Gap would be the smallest of the state’s five slots parlors. The 1,500 slot machines can be placed at the site near Cumberland. 

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


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