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Gambling subcommittee delays Prince George’s casino vote

A House of Delegates subcommittee plans to put off a vote on legislation that would create a sixth slots license and allow table games at Maryland casinos.

Del. Frank S. Turner, D-Howard, said Friday afternoon that the Finance Resources Subcommittee was still working out issues with SB 892. Turner and Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Del. Sheila E. Hixson, D-Montgomery, both said this week that the legislation did not provide the state with enough tax revenue.

Turner, an advocate of table games, suggested this week that the legislature move a bill that just includes the legalization of table games — like black jack — if the sixth casino license proves too problematic.

But Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George’s, was emphatic in saying that such an amendment would not be acceptable. Miller’s chamber would have to approve any House amendments to the bill, which easily passed in the Senate last week.