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Gov nixes Inner Harbor

Feb 11, 2003 7:44 AM

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich wants Baltimore’s Inner Harbor left out of further gaming expansion.

So much for what he said a decade ago.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Ehrlich, a Baltimore County delegate in 1992, co-sponsored a House bill that would have permitted casino gambling at the Power Plant in the city’s Inner Harbor.

The 1992 legislation, which failed, would have allowed card games, wheels of fortune and craps. The governor has since reversed his stance, deciding that gaming should be limited to slot machines at the state’s major horse tracks ”” Laurel, Pimlico, Rosecroft and a proposed site in Allegany County.

Waiting for ruling

The last federally recognized Indian tribe in Oregon is on the verge of being allowed to build a gambling resort.

The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians are hoping to receive the legal go-ahead for a gaming resort on the Oregon Coast within 18 to 20 months.

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a compact with the 800-member tribe to allow gaming at the site if it won a lawsuit filed by the state. Las Vegas-based gaming consultant R.O.I. Inc., wants to manage the ­­casino.

Penn wants track

Gov. Ed Rendell said last week that the Pittsburgh region could support a second racetrack, but not in the city.

Rendell told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that if another track is approved for the region, "Beaver County could use the growth probably even more than Allegheny County."

The Pennsylvania governor said the final decision will be up to the state Horse Racing Commission.

ALSO: Greektown officials in Detroit held a half-day education program for contractors interested in bidding on the construction of a permanent resort to be located three blocks from the existing temporary casino.