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Maryland Democrats are pushing for slots in Prince George's County, as well as a potential expansion to table games.
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Maryland Democrats are pushing for slots in Prince George's County, as well as a potential expansion to table games.

Top Republicans in Maryland's House of Delegates are opposing a second special session this year that would focus on expanding gambling in the state.

GOP leaders in the House argued that special sessions should only be called in times of true crisis in a letter sent this week to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), Senate President Mike Miller (D), and House Speaker Mike Busch (D). They also wrote that any expansion of gaming should be taken up in a regular 90-day session to give lawmakers more time to consider the matter.

O'Malley indicated earlier this week a special session could be held the week of July 9 if a work group looking at gaming reaches a consensus.   

Debate is expected to include discussion about whether a casino can be built in Prince George's County, as well as allowing for table games at Maryland casinos. The Senate approved both during the regular session, but the full House never took a vote on the matter.  

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