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Maryland Senate passes gambling bill 28-14; House next

The Senate acted swiftly to pass a gambling bill Friday that would authorize a Prince George’s County casino and allow table games at all state facilities.

The bill’s fate was never in doubt in the traditionally gambling-friendly Senate, which passed the bill in a 28-14 vote after suspending chamber rules to give the bill approval on the same day amendments were offered in the chamber.

The House of Delegates, where gambling legislation has been anything but a sure bet for passage, now must act. Members of a House committee are expected to examine the legislation, proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, on Saturday.

The Senate also passed a bill that makes the owner of any dog responsible if that dog attacks another person. The legislation would overturn a Court of Appeals ruling that imposed such strict liability only on the owners of pit bulls, and those owners’ landlords.