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Maryland slot opponents propose alternative ballot question

29 August 2008

MARYLAND -- As reported by the Baltimore Sun: "Slots opponents proposed alternative language yesterday for a voter referendum on November's ballot that would legalize slot machine casinos across the state.

"Scott Arceneaux of Marylanders United to Stop Slots, a ballot committee, submitted the alternative wording in a letter to the State Board of Elections and asked that he be allowed to speak at a board meeting scheduled for today.

"Arceneaux wants the ballot question to specify that slots revenues would go to 'public education, the horse racing industry and lottery operations,' as well as to casino operators. The current ballot language, as certified by Secretary of State John McDonough, specifies only that taxes collected from gambling operations would go 'primarily' to education-related purposes.

"The Elections Board has rejected previous requests from Arceneaux to throw out the existing ballot language and has declined to add the matter to its meeting agenda..."

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