Maybe it is just how Maryland runs it democracy, but it seems to me that they are falling back into some of the exact same pitfalls that gave them trouble when they first attempted to regulate casinos and slot machines. Do not get me wrong, I think the changes to the gambling industry that is being proposed by Governor O’Malley, most of them, will be great for the gambling industry and will really help Maryland compete in the region. There are just a few bureaucratic mistakes that they made last time that really held up the process, that they seem to have no interest in changing or turning around. The one that has always bothered me is the fact that Maryland has somehow found a way to make gambling legal without it being legal.
This is the same set up the put the casino in Anne Arundel County on hold for more than a year. When a casino is approved by state voters in Maryland, that is not enough. The casino can still be contested by the residents of the county that the casino will operate in. This means, that while the entire state believes that the casino should be built, the casino can be rejected by the county, leaving a legal casino operation in a strange place of limbo. I personally feel that if the entire state supports the venue, then that should be the trump. Maryland leaves itself way too many opportunities for its venues to fail or never be opened.