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Allen Rifkin, the lead attorney for Stop Slots at Arundel Mills, speaks to the media shortly after the court's ruling.
Matthew Bush
Allen Rifkin, the lead attorney for Stop Slots at Arundel Mills, speaks to the media shortly after the court's ruling.

By Matt Bush

Opponents of a proposed slot machine casino in Anne Arundel County Maryland are applauding a court decision reinstating a voter referendum on the measure this fall.

Maryland's highest court overturned a lower court ruling, allowing a voter referendum on whether a slots casino will be built at Arundel Mills mall to proceed. The proposed casino would be the state's largest, and could bring Maryland roughly $450 million a year.

Cordish Company, which wants to build the casino, says if the referendum succeeds, it will cost the state money for education, as that is where Maryland will spend the revenue it reaps from casinos. Allen Rifkin, the lawyer for Stop Slots at Arundel Mills, calls Cordish's argument a "Red Herring."

"The state knew there was a local subsequent condition, to the creation of revenue. And that is the local communities had a right to challenge the zoning on any of these potential locations," says Rifkin.

The head of Stop Slots at Arundel Mills says they will now go full bore on campaigning to defeat the casino plan at the polls in November.

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