Gambling, offshore-wind bills stall in Md. General Assembly

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Maryland lawmakers made little progress Thursday in advancing proposals to legalize table games and bring offshore-wind energy to the state.

The House Ways and Means Committee held off on discussion of a bill to allow a casino in Prince George’s County and to bring table games to the state’s gambling facilities.

The bill, which eventually would have to be approved by referendum, was passed last month by the Senate but has stalled in a Ways and Means subcommittee over concerns it could oversaturate the gambling market and provides too much money to developers and too little to the state.

Meanwhile, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore-wind bill remained stuck in the Senate Finance Committee as supporters tried to secure a key sixth vote on the 11-member panel.

Committee Chairman Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, Charles Democrat, said the Democratic governor has spoken directly with a potential sixth supporter who still has some concerns about the bill.

Mr. Middleton said the panel will not vote until after the bill, which passed the House last week, has firm majority support within the committee.

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