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Gaming proposals resurface for Maryland's 2012 ballot

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February 2, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: Maryland voters may get their say on gambling in 2012. Currently, two different proposals are scheduled to be introduced in this year's legislative session.

Sen. E. J. Pipkin announced in late January 2011 that he plans to introduce legislation to remove the state's gaming program from Maryland's constitution.[1]

In 2008, Maryland voters approved a casino measure that allowed for the placement of 15,000 slot machines at five locations throughout the state. Maryland became the 38th state that allows slots or casino-style gambling.[2] The measure was upheld in Anne Arundel County following a 2010 referendum vote.

On the other hand, some lawmakers are making efforts to expand gaming. State Senator Katherine Klausmeier and Delegates John Olszewski, Jr. and Frank Turner announced that they are planning to consider a proposal to legalize full table games at Maryland slot machine parlors. If approved by lawmakers the issue would be referred to the ballot in 2012.[3]

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