We appreciate the willingness of Washington County's General Assembly delegation to yield a bit on their "no gambling legislation in 1997" stand. Now that they're willing to move, they need to do the most important one first, and chop out the "sunset clause" that, unless eliminated, will kill the tip-jar gaming law in 1999.
We've heard one argument that the delegation still has two more sessions to eliminate this clause, and another that says the sunset clause should stay in, to force a periodic review of this issue. We disagree with the reasoning behind both.
If the delegation allows this to go down to the wire, particularly with next year being an election year, there will be pressure from every group affected by this law. Some will want more money; others will seek less regulation. Some, we have no doubt, will argue that no law is needed, and that Washington County's taverns and clubs are now ready to do their gaming and charitable contributions on the honor system.