After three frantic days of lobbying and lawmaking the state of Maryland has agreed to hold a referendum on a significant slot machine expansion. The slots bill, approved by both the state Senate and House in just 19 hours, would go much of the way towards plugging Maryland’s $1.7bn budget deficit.The Maryland Senate agreed yesterday to the proposed slots bill by a vote of 31-13, after the House narrowly approved the program on Friday and removed the last remaining obstacle to approval on Gov. Martin O'Malley's fiscal plan. The state Senate had been holding up consideration of all other legislation while the House debated the slots measure.
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