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Maryland Senate Passes Bill for 6th Casino

The measure now moves to the House of Delegates for a vote

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    The Maryland state senate approved a measure that would allow table games at a casino in the state, paving the way for a possible Vegas-style facility in Prince George's County. News4's Chris Gordon reports. (Published Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012)

    The state Senate has signed off on a bill to bring table games and a sixth casino to Maryland.

    The Senate voted 35-11 on Tuesday to move the bill forward.

    It would pave the way for a sixth state casino license in Prince George's County and increase the amount of revenue slots parlor owners are allowed to keep by 8 percent.

    Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker supports a casino proposed for National Harbor.

    "Our estimation is that we can get somewhere between $40 and $50 million additional each year in Prince George's County upon completion of this site," he said.

    Baker said the revenue from table gaming would be shared by Prince George's County and the state, News4's Chris Gordon reported.

    "This will create a lot of new jobs, and those jobs will not only help Prince George's County but the state, and that's the other reason the state's going to come in," he said.

    The measure now moves to the House of Delegates. The bill must be approved by the House and governor and ratified by a majority of Maryland voters.

    If the casino is ratified by Maryland voters, it could stimulate development almost immediately.