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July 20, 2011

State to extend bid deadline for city slots license

** Update - Slots commission extended Baltimore deadline by 2 months **

Maryland's slots commission convened a meeting on short notice to decide whether to give Baltimore developers an additional two months to hand in their casino proposals, adding yet another twist to the long-delayed project.

The commissioners are discussing the matter in closed session now.

The idea is under consideration on the same day that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is rolling out her plans to spend the slots revenue. She wants to put most of the money toward reducing city property taxes by nine percent. It is unclear how much the delay -- it if occurs -- will impact her plan.

Robert Howells, with the State Lottery Agency, said during the meeting that his office needs more time to answer questions from potential Baltimore casino developers. He characterized their inquiries as "very technical" and "very thoughtful."

"It is difficult to cut off questions," Howells said, noting that he is aware that is answers may affect whether some groups decide to bid.

Developers for the Baltimore project are supposed to turn in their plans by next Thursday. A delay would likely put the due date after the Baltimore mayoral primary, eliminating any potential embarrassment should bids fail to materialize.

Baltimore developer Patrick Turner attended the meeting with his business partner Jim Seay, who owns Premier Rides and recently traveled to Asia with Gov. Martin O'Malley. The pair declined to comment.
Separately, potential bidders for the Rocky Gap casino in Western Maryland met this morning. Howells said there were about a dozen entities represented at the meeting.  
Posted by Annie Linskey at 2:21 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Slots


The slots law was evidently a joke since the rules on bidding have been tossed out the window 3x now by O'Malley's hand-picked commission

Can someone please explain why Pimlico can't get the Baltimore City license. Pimlico IS in the City, no?

Don't like the rules set forth by the legislature and signed by the Governor which INCLUDED a Constitutional Amendment which the voters of Maryland had a small say in?

Just extend the rules to suit your needs.
Did your actions and votes totally screw up the whole thing? Yes? Well, change the rules to suit your needs, SCREW the law and the people!

This city and state is OUT OF CONTROL!

Yet another MOM boondoogle!
Remember this gem
vote yes for slots-no new taxes.

Weird how no one who reports on the Baltimore City slots issue can answer a simple question. I must have asked this a dozen times. Still no response as usual. It would be nice if someone at the Sun can report back and answer the question as to why Pimlico can't get the Baltimore City slots license.

Let's see if ANYONE can give an answer to the question. Now posted 3 times.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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