Morning Read: Maryland Passes Bill to Open Casino Jobs to Ex-Offenders

The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that would allow the five currently licensed casinos in Maryland to hire some employees with criminal records.

Under current law, an individual who has been convicted of "crimes of moral turpitude or gambling" is banned from ever working at a facility with slot machines, the Baltimore Sun reports. This legislation would limit the ban to seven years after a conviction or the end of parole or probation.

About 1.5 million Marylanders have an arrest or criminal conviction on their records.

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* Mara also got an endorsement from The Washington Blade. (The Washington Blade)

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* Republican Pete Snyder launches his campaign for Virginia lieutenant governor. (Washington Post)

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