Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Mayland voters narrowly approved Question 7 last week, but not before a lot of money was spent.
Groups with a stake in Maryland's referendum on expanded gambling spent more than $35 a vote during the 2012 campaign, according to an analysis by WTOP. Unofficial results from the Maryland Board of Elections show that 2,479,262 people cast a vote on Question 7, which asked residents whether they favored the introduction of table games to the state and the addition of a sixth casino in Prince George's County. The measure narrowly passed by a margin of 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. But before the matter was decided, opponents and supporters undertook enormous advertising efforts to sway voters. Casino operators that stood to benefit—including MGM Resorts International, CBAC Gaming LLC, and The Peterson Companies—were pitted against casinos …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Maryland voters will see the following ballot questions at the polls.
Delegate Susan Krebs provided the following referendum ballot question summaries in correspondence with constituents over the past several weeks. Patch has compiled them here to help you prepare to vote on Election Day tomorrow Tuesday, Nov. 6. Question 3: Suspension and Removal of Elected Officials Changes the point at which an elected official charged with certain crimes is automatically suspended or removed from office. Under existing law, an elected official who is convicted or pleads no contest is suspended and is removed only when the conviction becomes final. Under the amended law, an elected official is suspended when found guilty and is removed when the conviction becomes final or when the elected official pleads guilty or no …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Former Prince George's County Councilman Thomas Dernoga is challenging constitutionality of the expanded gaming referendum.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
By Rachael Pacella Capital News Service Former Prince George's County Councilman Thomas Dernoga filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutionality of the expanded gambling referendum. If successful, the lawsuit could nullify the results of Question 7 on Tuesday. The suit argues that in order for Question 7 to pass, the majority of all registered voters, not just those who turn out to vote, would need to approve the measure. It names Gov. Martin O'Malley, Attorney General Doug Gansler, the State Board of Elections and others as defendants. "There has been some confusion created about the standard required to certify the election result," Dernoga said. Dernoga's claim is based on the language of the constitutional amendment that …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley has called a special session to discuss gaming in Maryland. Delegate Justin Ready said he will likely oppose expanded gambling in Maryland.
As you may have heard, Governor O'Malley has called yet another special session for August 9th, this one to consider expanding gaming in Maryland. My fellow Delegates and I have not had the opportunity to see the proposal in bill form but it seems likely that it will include a sixth casino location in Prince George's County and allow for table games. Other possibilities include cutting taxes on the casino owners to offset their losses from allowing another location or putting a commission in charge of setting tax rates for casinos in the future - a dangerous precedent. I am inclined to oppose expanded gambling for a number of reasons. I will reserve final judgment until I see the actual bill. It's unfortunate that legislators and the …