ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland governor Martin O’Malley has called a second special session of the Maryland General Assembly to begin on August 9. The purpose of the special session is to approve table games for Maryland’s casinos and to permit a casino to be built in Prince George’s County’s National Harbor complex.
Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch (D-30) has not promised that the House of Delegates would approve the measure. Even if the measure does pass both houses, expanding gambling will require passage of a referendum in November’s election.
Part of the special session was to include legislation to provide tax relief for casino operators. MGM, the proposed developer of the National Harbor casino has now stated that they won’t demand a tax cut. Maryland currently taxes slot machines at a rate of 67% of net revenue.
O’Malley claims that passage of his legislative requests will put $100 million into state coffers. The special session is expected to last 2 – 3 days.