Hearing Begins For Lawsuit Targeting Expanded Gambling

Suit argues results are unconstitutional

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013  |  Updated 8:35 AM EDT
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A lawsuit heads to court today that could nullify expanded gambling in Maryland.

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Expanded gambling in Maryland may be law, but a challenge in court Tuesday could make the referendum results null and void.

Eight residents of a Fort Washington community filed the lawsuit back in November. It argues that the Maryland Attorney General’s Office misinterpreted the state constitution when it said a majority of those who voted on November 6th could pass Question 7. Instead, the residents say, it takes a majority of all registered voters to approve the measure, whether they showed up to vote or not.

Expanded gambling passed with 52 percent of the vote. But that only accounts for 35 percent of all registered voters in the state. That means if the plaintiffs win, expanded gambling in the state will likely be halted.

Tuesday’s hearing begins at 9 a.m. in Anne Arundel County.

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