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Casino commission files motion to dismiss lawsuit

Maryland’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission filed a motion to dismiss a reverse discrimination lawsuit by a potential bidder for the Baltimore casino license Tuesday.

Baltimore City Entertainment Group alleged the commission’s rules for developers unfairly favor minorities and women.

In its motion, the state argued that minority contracting rules have been improved since the suit was filed and BCEG has not been harmed.

BCEG was the only bidder for the license in 2009, but its proposal was tossed.

BCEG has challenged the commission’s decision twice and lost, and has an appeal pending before the Court of Special Appeals.

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  1. The best way to “improve” these rules is to get rid of them altogether. Why do race, ethnicity, and sex need to be considered at all in deciding who gets awarded a contract? It’s good to make sure contracting programs are open to all, that bidding opportunities are widely publicized beforehand, and that no one gets discriminated against because of skin color, national origin, or sex. But that means no preferences because of skin color, etc. either–whether it’s labeled a “set-aside,” a “quota,” or a “goal,” since they all end up amounting to the same thing. Such discrimination is unfair and divisive; it breeds corruption and otherwise costs the taxpayers and businesses money to award a contract to someone other than the lowest bidder; and it’s almost always illegal—indeed, unconstitutional—to boot (see 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and this model brief: http://www.pacificlegal.org/page.aspx?pid=1342 ). Those who insist on engaging in such discrimination deserve to be sued, and they will lose.