W. Md. senator supports Rocky Gap slots proposal
Sen. George Edwards, a Western Maryland Republican, said this morning that he likes what the state slots commission has in mind for Rocky Gap.
"I think we're all on the same song sheet," Edwards said. He said he'd likely introduce a bill "sooner, rather than later" to get the project moving. Rocky Gap is authorized for up to 1,500 slot machines.
State officials and lawmakers have been unsuccessful in their attempts to lure a slots operator to the state-supported Allegany County golf resort, which struggles financially. Yesterday, the slots panel recommended ways to sweeten the deal for would-be Rocky Gap buyers:
Allow the developer to install slots at Rocky Gap without having to build a separate facility; apply the purchase of the resort to the capital investment requirement of $25 million per 500 machines; waive $3 million of the initial licensing fee; and drop the prohibition on owners having a second Maryland casino.