DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a state panel looking at Delaware's gambling industry amid increasing competition from neighboring states is reviewing a report on the feasibility of allowing more casinos in Delaware.
Lawmakers established the lottery and gaming commission earlier this year to examine the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry. The panel, which meets Wednesday at Legislative Hall, is facing a Jan. 31 deadline for reporting its findings and recommendations to the governor and General Assembly.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of state's gambling industry say times remain tough as Delaware's casinos cope with competition in neighboring states.
Representatives of Delaware's three casinos gathered with state lottery officials and industry suppliers on Tuesday at a meeting of the state Video Lottery Advisory Council.
Dover Downs CEO Ed Sutor said his company has seen a sharp drop in table game business and that Delaware casinos will be paying higher fees to suppliers of slot machines under new contracts that are still being negotiated.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of Delaware's casino industry are gathering to discuss the state of Delaware's gambling industry.
The state Video Lottery Advisory Council was to meet Tuesday at Dover Downs.
The agenda includes a review of the competitive situation with Maryland and Pennsylvania, Delaware lottery initiatives, and manufacturers' new products.
State lawmakers recently approved a proposal by Gov. Jack Markell to extend an $8 million financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos to help cover anticipated increases in slot machine vendor costs.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland casino regulators may allow gambling at the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in western Maryland to begin May 22.
The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is considering an operations license for resort owner Evitts Resort LLC at its meeting Friday in Baltimore. Evitts is a subsidiary of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Lakes Entertainment Inc.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Campaign finance reports show more than $93 million was raised in the campaign to expand gambling in Maryland, a record amount.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that campaign finance records show a handful of Washington's biggest media buying firms and Maryland political consultants benefited handsomely from the fight over the ballot question to allow table games like blackjack and a casino in Prince orge's County.
The reports show about $90.5 million was spent. Nearly $3 million went unspent.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland School of Medicine says it has received a $5 million grant from the state to create a problem gambling center.
The university made the announcement Thursday. The center is being called a first of its kind in the state. A telephone helpline service to refer problem gamblers to treatment and a public awareness campaign are planned by the new center. Two annual statewide conferences, eight regional conferences and webinars to create a statewide network of health providers to help problem gamblers are also planned.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - MGM Resorts International has spent about $8.4 million for advertising to support an expansion of gambling.
The Las Vegas company's latest report released Tuesday is about $3 million more than its last report released four days ago. MGM is hoping voters will approve an additional casino site in Prince George's County, near the nation's capital.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure to allow table games like roulette at casinos and a gambling venue in Prince George's County.
The governor signed the bill Wednesday, hours after a special session ended after midnight.
The Democratic Governor says the second special session of the year has created a comprehensive solution to a number of issues that were affecting Maryland's gaming industry and its ability to compete with surrounding states.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to allow a new casino in Prince George's County as well as table games such as poker and roulette at gambling complexes.
After the House of Delegates passed the bill 71-58 late Tuesday night, the Senate concurred early Wednesday by a vote of 32-14. The vote send the measure to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Voters would need to approve any gambling expansion in November.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O'Malley's 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.
O'Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he's "so sick of this issue" and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.
The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George's County that could open in 2016.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week's special session to expand gambling.
In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.
O'Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O'Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.
Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. A work group that was convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.
House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland's largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George's County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George's County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.
O'Malley, Busch and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with about half of the city's 18-member House delegation at City Hall for about 90 minutes behind closed doors on Wednesday.