The recent Special Session convened in the Maryland General Assembly dealt with two proposed bills, one of which was Senate Bill I, the expansion of gambling in Prince Georges County.
The House debate over the proposed sixth casino was fierce and endured many amendments that were mostly proposed by Republicans but unfortunately were not adopted. However, one important amendment was passed that I support which allows all American Legions and VFWs in Maryland (except for Montgomery County) to have several slot machines in their establishments. Republican Delegate Wayne Norman fought like a tiger against Democrat leadership and the sixth site. He proposed several amendments, one of which passed, that guaranteed at least one member of the gaming commission would have to be a minority. I supported him and applaud his effort.
Ultimately the final vote was very close and I am sad to say that it was passed by a margin of 71-59 with the Nays receiving unprecedented support from Democrats including my colleague Delegate Mary-Dulany James. We should applaud the Democrats that stood on their principles and refused to buckle to the pressure from their Party and Governor.
As you know, I was very negative about the special session but I chose to be there on behalf of the dog owners and the fact that I love animals. Therefore I am proud to say that I voted against the sixth casino.
Your Servant and Delegate Glen Glass