This is a massive week for the Maryland gambling industry. It would appear that Governor Martin O’Malley made good on his word to summon a special session for the Maryland legislature to consider very important gambling expansion measures. The legislature was back in the mix this past Friday. They took the weekend to prepare arguments for or against the legislation. I have a hard time believing that any major negative arguments against changes to the gambling industry would prevail. Maryland has chosen to get into bed with the gambling industry. At this point they would only be shooting themselves in the foot to turn their back on some of these measures that would be an obvious improvement to that gambling industry.
The only major measure that might receive major opposition is the attempt to establish a sixth casino in the state. The new casino would be a large one in Prince George’s county. The whole purpose of that casino is establish a venue that would draw in gamblers from the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. It might be a big much to ask of voters to create yet another casino when the first five have either not yet been completed, or have failed to generate as much revenue as anticipated. It might be hard to get that measure past the legislature alone. This is especially true since the new casinos would be located so close to two other casinos and would be cutting directly into their market. The Baltimore casino and the Anne Arundel County casino are plenty close to Washington, D.C