Maryland House Of Delegates To Vote On Expanded Casino Gambling In Prince George's County

5:41 AM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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NATIONAL HARBOR (WUSA) -- Maryland's House of Delegates will finally take up the issue of expanded gambling on Tuesday. A key part of the debate is building a new casino in Prince George's County.

Kristin Fisher reported live from National Harbor, the favorite site for that casino on Tuesday morning (see the video above). 

The House of Delegates will vote on a bill Tuesday afternoon that would not only approve the new casino site, it would also legalize table games like blackjack and roulette. This vote comes after a marathon committee meeting.

Monday night, after hours of debate, the House Ways and Means Committee voted 13 to 7 to in favor of this expanded gambling bill.
The holdup was due to amendments. Specifically, amendments regarding tax breaks for Maryland Live! -- the new casino in Anne Arundel County -- and a planned casino in Baltimore.

There's been a lot of concern that a new casino at National Harbor would take away too much business from those other casinos in the state. So legislators are trying to offset the economic impact that the future casino could potentially have on the other casinos.

In the end, the committee voted to approve those tax breaks, sending the bill to the full House Tuesday afternoon.

The House is schedule to convene at 2 p.m. If approved, it still has to be passed by the Senate, signed by the governor and then approved by voters in November. 

So we're still a ways away from the National Harbor Casino being a done deal. But maybe by the end of Tuesday, legislators will have reached their decision in Annapolis.

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