Try, Try Again: O'Malley Schedules Special Session On Gambling | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Try, Try Again: O'Malley Schedules Special Session On Gambling

The Maryland Live! casino in Anne Arundel County, pictured here a few days before it opened in June, could get live-dealer table games under a gambling expansion being considered in Maryland. 
Elliott Francis
The Maryland Live! casino in Anne Arundel County, pictured here a few days before it opened in June, could get live-dealer table games under a gambling expansion being considered in Maryland. 

Maryland lawmakers will hold a special session next month to determine whether to expand gambling in the state.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), as expected, has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks. The session will begin on Aug 9, O'Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

O'Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state, but efforts to pass the expansion in the regular session to increase betting collapsed in the final hours in April.

A gambling work group that O'Malley convened last month to address the issue didn't reach on agreement, and plans for a special session to vote on the measure stayed in limbo

Plans call for allowing table games such as poker at Maryland casinos and a new casino site in Prince George's County. Despite the political wrangling, MGM officials have been discussing plans for a casino at National Harbor with state and county officials.

Maryland voters would ultimately have to approve an expansion of gambling.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 21, 2015

You can immerse yourself in the life and music of Gustav Mahler or hear what students from highly-respected music conservatories have to offer.
NPR

When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Thousands of spectators gather every April to see ecstatic cows return to fields on organic farms around Denmark. The organic industry says the event has helped fuel demand for organic foods.
NPR

Proposed Retirement Advice Rule Has Worrisome Loopholes, Experts Say

The Department of Labor has crafted a proposed rule to better protect Americans saving for retirement. But questions are already being raised about how effective the new measure would be.
NPR

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.