Gov. William Donald Schaefer plans to veto legislation that would permit video poker and slot machines in Harford County if the bills pass the General Assembly.
Schaefer is opposed to the legislation, introduced in the state Senate on Feb. 4. He is concerned that poker and slot machines in the county would open the door to gambling and organized crime, said Paul E. Schurick, the governor's press secretary.
"He feels that their proliferation could potentially lead to problems down the road," Schurick said.
Two bills are at issue, both sponsored by Sen. William H. Amoss, D-District 35A, and Sen. Habern W.Freeman, D-District 34.
The bills would allow establishments withliquor licenses, such as bars and private clubs, to have two video poker machines.
The second would permit slot machines in private clubs, such as the American Legion.
For the last three years, some county veterans' groups have lobbied the county delegation to have themachines legalized.