Slots disarray continues
The quest to bring slots to Maryland is becoming more of a mess.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller today suggested that the commission awarding slots licenses toss out all bids received this week and start again.
While Miller is one of the most powerful figures in Annapolis, it's unclear whether his suggestion will be followed. The slots commission contains appointees of Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, but a majority of members were selected by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Busch, responding to Miller's remarks, said the process needs to work itself out, and tossing bids would send a wrong message to private businesses, according the The Baltimore Sun's Gadi Dechter and Laura Smitherman.
Miller is a supporter of slots at tracks, and an ally of Magna Entertainment Corp., whose bid for a slots license at Laurel Park did not initially include a required $28.5 million deposit and may be ruled non-responsive. The state received six bids for five slots licenses this week, but the Laurel and Rocky Gap bids do not meet requirements. That means that only about a third of the 15,000 machines authorized in a November referendum could be authorized in this round of bidding.