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Md. lawmakers fail to approve expanded gambling

ANNAPOLIS — Lawmakers have adjourned after failing to approve a bill to expand gambling to include table games, although the measure could be considered if a special session is called by the governor.

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight Monday.

The bill would have allowed table games at five casino sites currently allowed under law and would have permitted such games at a new gambling venue in Prince George’s County.

The legislation also would have kept the tax on slot machines from exceeding 60 percent and would have required the state to hire a consultant to study the impact of gaming at the proposed new venue in Prince George’s County.

Earlier Monday night, Gov. Martin O’Malley said he would “probably” sign the bill if it came to his desk.