Md. gambling bill far from a sure bet as progress stalls

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But the committee rejected a city-endorsed amendment that would have made sure the Prince George’s site opens no sooner than 2½ years after the Baltimore facility. Current language would allow a Prince George’s casino to open as early as July 2016, regardless of when the Baltimore casino opens its doors.

Delegate Curtis S. Anderson, a Democrat and chairman of the city’s delegation, said members are also irked by language in the bill that would allow a Prince George’s casino to operate without minority business requirements after 2018.

“That’s a baseline objection that the delegation has,” Mr. Anderson said. “It’s not going to make us vote for the bill, but it’s certainly something that without it, we won’t support it.”

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