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Another special session was held in mid-May to finish the state budget.

One reason the gambling question was not resolved during the General Assembly’s regular session is because House delegates could not reach a consensus on changing the 67 percent tax currently assessed on slot revenue.

Mr. Turner said he has some reservations about allowing a sixth casino, and that legislatorswould have to lower the overall tax rateif they vote to add it. Mr. Turner said he does not yet have a definitive opinion about what the tax rate should be.

“Las Vegas is 6 percent but, maybe as financially in trouble as they are, maybe they ought to have a higher tax rate.” Mr. Turner said.

There has been some discussion by Mr. O'Malley ofgetting around the dispute by allowing a gaming commission to determine the tax rate instead.

Mr. Turner said the more he hears about the commission, the less he likes the idea of other people determining tax rates.

“I think we make a lot of decisions when it comes to taxes, income taxes, corporate taxes. … It would just be another one of the taxes that we’d have to make,” Mr. Turner said.

Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin, Cecil Republican, said last week that leaving the tax decision to the commission “rides roughshod over the authority and responsibilities of the state’s law-making branch of government.”