Maryland officials looking toward the 2007 General Assembly session should also take a gander at what is happening with slot-machine gambling in Pennsylvania.
When Maryland's new Democratic governor finds the state needs the cash slots could provide, he should pay attention to the lessons offered by the Pennsylvania experience.
· The process will take years to get up and running. This week applicants for gaming licenses travel to Harrisburg to make their final pitches to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
That means that the state has not yet decided who will get the licenses, even though a bill legalizing slots was passed in 2004.