- The Washington Times - Friday, July 27, 2012

ANNAPOLIS | Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday announced an Aug. 9 special session to discuss a proposed casino at National Harbor and allowing table games across the state.

Citing job creation and a desire to “put the issue behind us,” Mr. O’Malley made the announcement at the State House, flanked by lobbyists, local officials, union members, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch.

“As we all know, there is no progress without jobs,” Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, said. “Progress is a choice, job creation is a choice.

None of these issues is new. It’s been debated for years and years. It’s time now to act.”

The special session will be the second of the year. An earlier one was held in mid-May to wrap up budget issues.

This session is scheduled one month after the governor’s original July 9 suggestion for a session to consider gambling expansion.

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