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House committee passes expanded gambling bill

Monday - 4/9/2012, 9:58pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The House of Delegates is set to consider a bill that could bring table games and sixth casino to Maryland.

Members of the Ways and Means Committee voted Monday to approve a stripped-down version of a Senate bill.

The measure, which would require statewide voter approval, would prohibit the state tax on slot machines from exceeding 60 percent and require the state hire a consultant to study the impact of gaming in Prince George's on existing slots parlors.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, a Democrat who has pushed for the development of a casino at National Harbor says the bill is a "step in the right direction."

If the General Assembly OKs the proposal, Prince George's voters would have to approve it in order to build a new casino.

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