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Lack Of Agreement Leaves Gambling Special Session Up In The Air

June 26th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

As a legislative work group failed last week to reach an agreement on expanding gambling in Maryland, some labor unions don't want lawmakers to give up, and they say the public is on their side. On Sunday, the Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, which has been lobbying for expanded gambling, released its own poll. The telephone poll of more than 800 registered voters found that 83-percent of voters want to decide the fate of expanded gambling this year. Governor Martin O'Malley had promised to call the legislature back to Annapolis for a special session during the week of July 9, if the panel could reach a consensus. The lack of an agreement leaves those plans in doubt, though the governor and House Speaker Michael Busch said they would continue to try to work out an agreement. While the idea of expanding gambling is far from unanimous in Annapolis- Delegate Kevin Kelly who represents Allegany County, says the District One Legislative delegation has reached a consensus…

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