ANNAPOLIS -- Members of Washington County's General Assembly delegation on Wednesday debated a bill to tighten the county's tip-jar regulations.
The bill would add a state layer to a county prohibition against electronic tip jars that dispense randomly generated numbers.
The machines aren't used in Washington County, which only allows pre-printed tickets, but are in Allegany County, where they have been likened to slot machines.
The bill would set other benchmarks for Washington County's tip-jar gaming, further distinguishing it from forms played elsewhere.
Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, supported the bill.
Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, argued that it wasn't necessary and said a state attorney general's opinion bolsters his position.
In a telephone interview, James B. Hovis, Washington County's gaming director, said the state bill would strengthen the standards and safeguards the county already has in place.
Hovis said a second layer of regulation is important because some have challenged the county's ordinance. The county has received many requests - some from out of state, some anonymous - to expand its gaming, he said.