Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The operators of Maryland Live! said it will move fast to hire 1,000 new workers and install table games now that voters have approved expanded gambling.
- Tim Lemke
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Operators of the Maryland Live! Casino said they will move quickly to add live table games and expand its hours, now that voters have approved a referendum on expanded gambling in the state. The Cordish Cos. said it will be ready to go once the state issues the necessary regulations to govern table games and 24-hour operations. The company said it will be hiring for as many as 1,000 new positions. "Maryland Live! looks forward to enhancing its gaming offering and is prepared to Go Live! with table games—physical modifications and hiring for over 1,000 new positions—soon after the State issues the necessary governing regulations," the company said in a statement. Casino spokeswoman Carmen Gonzales said there is no specific timeline as …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A tally of the unofficial votes shows general opposition to expanded gambling among local officials representing Odenton and Severn, though some supported it.
For the most part, state legislators representing the Odenton and Severn area voted against a bill that would expand gambling operations in the state, though some lawmakers supported it. By an unofficial vote of 71 to 58 in the House and 32 to 14 in the Senate, Maryland's General Assembly approved a measure that would allow for a new casino in Prince George's County. It would also allow for live table games at all casinos in the state. The issue will appear before voters on the ballot in November. There was unified opposition from legislators in District 33A, with "nay" votes from Sen. Ed Reilly (R-Crofton) and delegates Cathy Vitale (R-Severna Park) and Tony McConkey (R-Severna Park). In District 32, Sen. Ed Degrange (D-Glen Burnie) voted…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
"Concerns are everywhere," said Del. Frank Turner, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation.
A bill authorizing gambling expansion in Maryland will likely be amended, according to the chairman of the House subcommittee that is holding hearings on the legislation. Del. Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat, initially characterized possible changes to the bill passed Friday by the Senate as minor. "Mostly it's a lot of tweaks," said Turner, the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation. When asked what concerns his committee might have, Turner suggested the changes might be more substantive. "I think there are concerns everywhere," Turner said. "There are all kinds of concerns and ideas. Some will be germane and others won't. I think we're going to make it a better work product than what the …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
It still remains unclear whether there will be a special legislative session on the issue.
It's been a little more than a month since the Maryland Live! casino opened at Arundel Mills, but lawmakers are still talking about the gambling issue. The big question is whether the state will allow for a new casino in Prince George's County (near National Harbor) while also permitting live table games at existing casinos. Gov. Martin O'Malley this week met with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Chesapeake Beach) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Annapolis) about the possibility of a special session, the Washington Post reported. Officials from the Cordish Co., which owns Maryland Live!, have opposed expanded gambling for now, arguing that they would like to see their own facility get established first. "We think table …