Maryland Prince George's Local Slots Measure (2012)

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A Maryland Prince George's Local Slots Measure did not make the 2012 ballot in the state of Maryland as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure would have asked voters if they approve of local slots in Prince George's County. The proposed amendment to the Maryland Constitution requires a full state vote. Currently, the constitution only allows slot parlors in five Maryland locations. It does not currently include Prince George's County.[1]

The measure will appear on the ballot if approved and referred by the Maryland State Legislature. Prince George's County Council voted in mid-November 2011 to seek a vote on the slots issue, thus moving the issue to the state legislature for referral to the statewide ballot.[1]

According to state law, the measure would require a majority of statewide votes and not just a majority in Prince George's County.

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See also: Amending the Maryland Constitution

Placing a proposed amendment on the ballot requires a 60% vote of each chamber of the Maryland State Legislature. Maryland is one of nine states that allow a referred amendment to go on the ballot following the 60% supermajority vote.

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