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Bill to expand gambling in Maryland gets Senate hearing

ANNAPOLIS — Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and developers of National Harbor are urging lawmakers to approve a measure to expand gambling in Maryland.

Baker testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Wednesday. He says a high-end casino that would cost about $1 billion to build would draw many more tourists to the area.

The measure would allow table games like craps and blackjack, as well as a casino in Prince George’s.

Colin Reed, chief executive officer of Gaylord Entertainment, says not only would more people visit the county, but they would stay longer as well.

State Sen. C. Anthony Muse, D-Prince George’s, is opposing the bill. He says the scale of what the measure is trying to do is too big to tackle without much more consideration.

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