WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Senate Passes Gaming Expansion

Play associated audio
The gaming bill will move to the Maryland General Assembly on Monday.
Matt Bush
The gaming bill will move to the Maryland General Assembly on Monday.

The Maryland State Senate has passed a bill by a 28-14 majority that clears the way for an expansion of gaming in the state. It comes after several amendments, mostly pushed by Republicans, were voted down.

One, from Senator EJ Pipken of the Eastern Shore, would have taken out the ban on financial contributions from gaming companies to members of the General Assembly, something Pipken feels is a hypocritical move by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

"It is not the executive branch's prerogative to say 'You legislative branch, you can't do it.' And in the particular case of this governor, who's taken gaming dollars, just like I said I took gaming dollars," says Pipken.

Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery, says the ban ensures public confidence in lawmakers.

"I think it establishes a very firm precedent so that we are being clear to the voters: this industry in particular, which is heavily-regulated and heavily tied up within the statute and our laws, does not have undue influence on us," says Madaleno.

The bill allows for table games at Maryland casinos, and for a sixth casino license for a facility to be built in Prince George's County. The House, where expanded gaming has met stiff resistance, won't vote on the matter until Monday at the earliest.

NPR

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
NPR

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

NPR

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Leave a Comment

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