Md. Senate Prez Pushes for Slots in Prince George's

Md. Senate president eyes slots in Prince George's Co.

By Kathy Banks
|  Thursday, Jan 14, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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Md. Senate Prez Pushes for Slots in Prince George's

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Maryland's Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller said he wants to include Prince George's County in the state's slots program.

In fall 2008, Maryland residents overwhelmingly voted to legalize slots at five specific sites. The state's slots commission has since granted three of those licenses --  two sites on the Eastern Shore and one in Cecil County.

Miller said he's holding discussions with Prince George's County officials about bringing the machines to the county to help generate revenue.

Miller proposed having slots at one of three locations: Rosecroft Raceway, the National Harbor or an equestrian center in Upper Marlboro.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is taken aback by the push for slots in Prince George's County.

He said the General Assembly held "extensive debate" on slots in 2007 and did not include Prince George's County in the discussions because elected leaders there opposed slots in their communities.

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