Maryland voters decide to legalize slot machine gambling

Nov 5, 2008 9:07 PM

Staff & Wire Reports |

After years of tough debates in the General Assembly, the question of whether to legalize slot machine gambling in Maryland was in the voters' hands -- and they decided yes. Voters decided 59-41 to legalize slots gambling.

A constitutional amendment will now allow up to 15,000 slot machines in five locations, including one site each in the city of Baltimore and the counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Cecil and Worcester.

The Maryland Jockey Club -- it owns the track in Laurel, the only Washington-area site where the slots legislation calls for a slots palace -- has announced its intention to apply for a license.

Pamela Marshall voted for slots at South Hagerstown High School, saying she was struck by the number of Maryland license plates she sees when she gambles in nearby Charles Town, W.Va. She says the money could stay in Maryland instead of pumping up another state's revenues.

Meredith Farley voted against the constitutional amendment at Annapolis Middle School, saying she believes that it would bring a lot of crime to the state.

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