Gaming Expansion Referendum
Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education to authorize video lottery operation licensees to operate “table games” as defined by law; to increase from 15,000 to 16,500 the maximum number of video lottery terminals that may be operated in the State; and to increase from 5 to 6 the maximum number of video lottery operation licenses that may be awarded in the State and allow a video lottery facility to operate in Prince George’s County?Prince George’s County Facility:Chapter 1 states the intent of the General Assembly that a video lottery operation license may not be awarded in Prince George’s County unless this referendum is approved by a majority of the voters in Prince George’s County voting on the question.If a video lottery facility is authorized in Prince George’s County, it must be located within a four-mile radius of the intersection of Bock Road and St. Barnabas Road, which encompasses both National Harbor and Rosecroft Raceway. A facility in Prince George’s County may be allocated up to 3,000 video lottery terminals. Neither video lottery terminals nor table games may be operational in Prince George’s County until the earlier of July 1, 2016, or 30 months after the video lottery facility in Baltimore City is open.Upon the opening of a Prince George’s County facility, a guaranteed additional allocation from video lottery terminal proceeds is provided to certain video lottery licensees for capital improvements and marketing and promotional costs.Use of Gaming Proceeds:Chapter 1 adds expansion of public early childhood education programs to the permitted uses of gaming proceeds, including proceeds from table games if the referendum is approvedstatewide. Under current law, the primary purpose of video lottery terminals is to raise revenue for: (1) education for the children of the State in public schools (prekindergarten through grade 12); (2) public school construction and public school capital improvements; and (3) construction of capital projects at community colleges and public senior higher education institutions.Additional Changes to State Gaming Laws:If the voters statewide approve this referendum, other changes to current law will take effect, including:- Allowing a video lottery facility to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Under current law, a video lottery facility may be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.- Altering the distribution of and required uses of video lottery terminal proceeds.- Providing for the distribution of proceeds from the operation of table games.
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According to the League of Women Voters, a vote for additional forms and expansion of commercial gaming means: an increase in the types of gambling in Maryland (adding table games), an additional authorized location, a change in the distribution of gambling proceeds and an increase in the hours that gambling facilities can operate.
According to the League of Women Voters, a vote against additional forms and expansion of commercial gaming means: the current constitutional limitations regarding gambling in Maryland would remain.
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