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Gov. Martin O'Malley will not call a special session for gambling expansion in Maryland.
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Gov. Martin O'Malley will not call a special session for gambling expansion in Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley won't call a special session to take up the issue of gambling expansion next week. And while lawmakers will continue to build consensus, they have yet to reach an agreement.

The sticking point between the House of Delegates and the Senate is whether to reduce the state's 67 percent tax rate on gambling proceeds to pave the way for a new casino site in Prince George's County, likely at National Harbor.

A work group with House and Senate members and O'Malley administration officials failed to reach an agreement last month.

O'Malley, who convened the work group, had earlier mentioned the week of July 9 as the targeted timeframe for a special session, if lawmakers could agree.

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