Maryland's Slots Debate Dead for Now as Republican Support Collapses

Newman, Emily
September 2004
Bond Buyer;9/10/2004, Vol. 349 Issue 31966, p4
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This article reports that Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced the Republican legislative support for a voter referendum. Ehrlich said late Wednesday that Republican legislators would not endorse a plan that would allow voters, not the General Assembly, to decide whether to legalize slot machines. Earlier in the week it appeared that Ehrlich was close to ironing out a longstanding disagreement with Republican House Speaker Michael E. Busch, who at first opposed slots and later sought to put the issue of the November ballot. The governor initially balked at that idea, saying he was unwilling to alter the state's constitution to allow thef referendum.


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