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Md. slots opponents plan to appeal to state's highest court

September 11, 2008

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Opponents of slot machines are taking their battle over the November slots referendum to Maryland's highest court.

Attorney Irwin Kramer filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the Maryland Court of Appeals. The parties must file briefs by noon Friday, and oral arguments are set for Monday.

On Wednesday, a panel of three Anne Arundel County Circuit judges ruled that ballot language asking voters to legalize slots was misleading. They ordered state elections officials to add a single word to the ballot question to make clear that not all revenue from slots would fund education.

Slots opponents say that opinion didn't go far enough. They want more substantial revisions.

The referendum would authorize up to 15,000 slot machines at five locations.

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