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Maryland senate approves slot vote

9 November 2007

MARYLAND -- As reported by the Baltimore Sun: "The Maryland Senate Thursday night approved a referendum on slot machine gambling, moving the legislature one step closer to asking voters in November 2008 whether to allow up to 15,000 of the devices across the state.

"Senators worked late into the night on a $1.4 billion package of tax increases, and a final vote on the tax plan was expected Friday.

"The Senate's 31-to-15 vote to pass Gov. Martin O'Malley's slots referendum proposal came hours after backers fended off efforts to change the planned locations of slot parlors and to have an up-or-down vote on allowing them.

"...Final passage requires a three-fifths majority in each chamber, and House Speaker Michael E. Busch has said he backs a referendum on the contentious issue..."

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