East County Delegation Split on Gaming Vote
Both senators representing East Montgomery County vote against putting expanded gambling on the ballot, but delegates split.
State senators and delegates representing Burtonsville, Silver Spring and Takoma Park split Wednesday on whether to put expanded gaming up for a referendum.
The measure, which passed the Senate Wednesday morning with a 32-14 vote, would leave it up to voters to approve the expansion of gaming to a sixth location in the area that includes both National Harbor and Rosecroft Raceway. A majority of Prince George's County voters are required to vote in favor of a site in their county—something they rejected in 2008.
According to an unofficial roll call, Sens. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist 20, which includes Takoma Park and Silver Spring) and Karen Montgomery (D-Dist 14, which includes parts of Silver Spring and Burtonsville) both voted "nay" on the bill.
In the House of Delegates, which passed the bill 72-57, votes among East County representatives were split.
Del. Heather Mizeur, who has been a vocal opponent of gaming, voted no while Dels. Sheila Hixson (D-Dist 20), Eric Luedtke (D-Dist 14), Anne Kaiser (D-Dist 14) and Craig Zucker (D-Dist 14) all voted yes.
Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist 20) was absent on Wednesday.
Tell us in the comments: Do you think a sixth casino should open in Prince George's County? Are you in favor of or opposed to gambling in Maryland?