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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 6, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot used an appearance at a Hagerstown business breakfast Tuesday to lobby further against this fall's slots referendum. Franchot called the legalization of slots a "virus" that consumes lawmakers' thoughts in Annapolis and prevents them from creating fiscal solutions. "It mesmerizes people," he said. Voters in Maryland will decide in November whether to amend the state constitution and allow 15,000 slot machines in five counties.
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NEWS
by LARRY YANOS | February 1, 2004
larryy@herald-mail.com John Poole has a wish list for 2004. "I'd like to see slot machines in Maryland and I'd like to see them here," said the proprietor of the Cracked Claw Off-Track Betting Parlor in Urbana, Md. The Cracked Claw, now in its 10th year of providing off-track betting for thoroughbred and harness racing fans, continues to be the finest such facility in the state of Maryland. But, Poole knows things would be even better with the passage of the slot machine legislation.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
The West Virginia Lottery Commission gave permission Wednesday to Charles Town Races & Slots to add another 1,500 slot machines. Read the full story in Thursday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | June 23, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Races will convert about 200 of its video lottery machines to slot machines by early August, according to an official with Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the track. Although the track has the capability to convert 835 of its 935 video lottery games to slot machines, the conversion will be gradual, said Bill Bork Sr., president and chief operating officer of Penn National. Bork said he wants to introduce slot machines slowly to see how patrons like them.
NEWS
October 26, 2006
· Supports health-care programs serving uninsured residents · Public safety through sex offender registry Web site and proper funding for state police · Freeze University System of Maryland tuition · Legalize slot machines to supplement funding for education and senior citizens' prescription drugs · More meaningful medical malpractice reform, such as good Samaritan protection for emergency providers ...
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 30, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -The day Charles Town Races opened - Dec. 4, 1933 - it had no winter competition in the mid-Atlantic region or the Northeast, according to track lore. But by the 1990s, it was losing millions of dollars, forcing it to close for part of 1995. The key to revival, some said, was video lottery terminals, or slot machines. In 1994, Jefferson County residents voted down a proposal to bring slot machines to the track. But two years later, when Penn National Gaming offered to buy the track and restore it to glory, it insisted on having slots.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | January 6, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Sen. Donald Munson said Saturday he thinks Gov.-elect Robert Ehrlich may cut state funding for Washington County government if local lawmakers don't support slot machines at racetracks. Ehrlich's plan is to use slot machine revenue to help make up for the $1.3 billion shortfall projected by his administration for next year's state budget. "Ehrlich's going to play hardball with us," Munson, R-Washington, said. "The state is broke.
NEWS
September 29, 1999
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A standing-room-only crowd turned out at a public hearing Wednesday to comment on Charles Town Races' proposal to add another 500 slot machines at the track. [cont. from front page ] Proponents and opponents of the machines testified for about two hours before the West Virginia Lottery Commission voted unanimously to allow the track to install the additional machines, saying they would be a boon for the thoroughbred track.
NEWS
February 19, 2004
ANNAPOLIS - A Senate committee began work Wednesday on a major overhaul of Gov. Robert Ehrlich's slot machine bill that would authorize slot machines at Ocean Downs racetrack and add a third off-track slots emporium in the Interstate 95 corridor. Under a revised bill presented to the Budget and Taxation Committee, the number of slot machines would remain at 15,500. But the number of machines set aside for the three big racetracks - Laurel Park, Pimlico and Rosecroft - would be reduced from 10,500 to 7,500.
NEWS
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.
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