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Senate Passes Gambling, Pit Bull Bills

August 11th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Senate has voted 28-14 to approve a bill to expand gambling in Maryland .

WBAL reports that Senators also voted 41-1 approving a final  bill that reverses Maryland Court of Appeals decision that defines pit bulls as an "inherently dangerous" breed of dog, holding pit bull owners and their landlords automatically responsible for any injuries the dogs may cause. 

The votes came on the second day of a special legislative session.

The final votes took place minutes after a Friday evening session began. 

Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin said he "reluctantly" voted against the bill.  He notes Maryland cannot financially support six casinos. 

The bill adds a sixth casino in Prince George's County, and legalizes table games such as black jack.

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