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More gaming proposals made

February 05, 1998

More gaming proposals made

ANNAPOLIS - The Washington County delegation took action on several other proposals for the county's tip jar gaming law Thursday, including:

- Approved a measure that would permit members of the county Gaming Commission to serve two two-year terms. Supporters of the amendment said the current limit of one two-year term causes too much turnover on the panel, which distributes gaming funds to fire and rescue companies, charities and other nonprofit organizations.

- Approved an amendment that would allow members of the Gaming Commission to serve as officers and directors of nonprofit groups, but only if those groups do not apply for gaming funds. The present restriction that prohibits nonprofit officers from serving on the commission keeps many otherwise-qualified people off the panel, supporters of the proposal said.

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- Rejected a proposal to bring county bingo permits under the control of the county gaming coordinator.

One proposal the delegation dismissed without discussion was a request by the County Commissioners to remove a section in the tip jar law that requires the county to maintain its level of funding for nonprofit groups.

The delegation agreed last month to submit in separate legislation an amendment to remove the law's so-called "sunset" provision, under which the law would end on July 1, 1999.

- Guy Fletcher

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