ANNAPOLIS - Legislation that would make significant changes to Washington County's tip jar gaming law is coming up against the Maryland General Assembly's deadline for approval.
The two bills must be passed by Monday, the final day of the annual 90-day session, or wait another year.
Several county lawmakers say they're not overly concerned about that possibility, as the bills are part of hundreds of pieces of legislation that await final approval as part of the General Assembly's annual last-minute rush.
"That's just the way we do business around here," said Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.
But Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, said the gambling legislation and many other bills may get caught behind a "tremendous paper jam" of bills now before the legislature.
"I think it's just a matter of getting through a very crowded bill process," Poole said.
On Wednesday, Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, chairman of the county's legislative delegation, made his case for the legislation before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.