If the panel pursues expanded gambling, it will likely recommend new revenue distributions.
Currently, about half of slots revenue goes to state education, with 33 percent going to casino operators and 5.5 percent going to host counties. The remainder goes to other state causes.
Lawmakers will likely give operators a larger share of revenue to ease their concerns about losing business, but could face criticism from opponents wanting to maintain current investments in education.
The state must also decide what to do with table games revenue because lawmakers bristled at a proposal this spring that would have given 90 percent of revenue to casino operators, 10 percent to host jurisdictions and none to the state.
“I don’t think there would be any circumstance where I could personally agree for the state not to get something from table games,” said work group member and Delegate Frank S. Turner, Howard Democrat. “The state has an interest. If they’re taking the risk and buying the equipment, they ought get something back from table games.”
The work group plans to hold its first meeting June 1, with meetings also scheduled for June 12 and June 20.