Still lacking enough support in Annapolis, time is running out for casino bill.
The clock is ticking in Prince George’s County for state and local politicians to decide the outcome of legislation that could bring a billion dollar casino to the county by approving a sixth casino license for the state. Legislators in the Maryland General Assembly have until Monday, the end of the legislative session, to back the bill that would allow county voters to decide on allowing a casino in the county. Also at issue is a referendum on adding tables games to slots in casinos throughout the state. This week, the bill received a majority backing from the Prince George’s County Council, but is still struggling to gain the needed support of state delegates. The bill is facing an uphill battle from members of the House, including the …
A full-fledged casino would bring in tens of millions a year in tax revenue, Baker tells Senate committee.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
By Aaron Carter Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III told the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Wednesday that a full-fledged casino at National Harbor is in the best interest of the county’s economic development and would bring in tens of millions a year in tax revenue. Last week, Baker released a study he commissioned that said National Harbor, and not Ft. Washington’s Rosecroft Raceway, is the ideal location for a casino in the county. Baker testified Wednesday in support of SB 892, introduced by Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters, D-Prince George’s, which would allow a casino with both slot machines and table games in Prince George’s County. “Here’s another chance for us to build a high-end …