November 6, 2008
Maryland voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday to amend the state constitution to allow as many as 15,000 slot machines at five locations across the state. The margin was nearly 2 to 1 in favor.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and other slots supporters said the derived revenues would help balance the state budget, help education funding, and help Maryland's struggling horse racing industry. State leaders will now appoint a Facility Location Commission to create the licensing process and determine the impact on the five communities.
Baltimore is already moving forward with land for a proposed casino south of downtown. City officials today approved $4.1 million for the city to purchase the land.
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