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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.
By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.