Klausmeier to push table games
The measure would help Maryland catch up with surrounding states which allow such games, she said. Maryland casinos only contain video lottery machines. "We need everyone to come to our facilities," she said. "The young, the old and the in between."
Klausmeier said the legislative push is in its "infant steps." If the bill passed, the idea would have to be approved by voters on the 2012 ballot before games were permitted.
Last year Sen. Catherine Pugh, a Democrat from Baltimore City, introduced a similar measure to allow table games. It was killed in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
Two of the five casinos Maryland voters approved in 2008 are up and running. The Hollywood Casino Perryville earned a banner amount when it opened in September, but since then has had lackluster returns. A second casino near Ocean City opened this month.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has said he wants to see Maryland's casinos operating before fiddling with the rules.