Bill would rein gaming STATE HOUSE REPORT

February 03, 1993|By Staff Report

House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. has introduced legislation to regulate all forms of gambling that don't currently come under the state's purview.

The bill would establish a state gambling control board that would issue one-year licenses to any organization running a gambling operation, as well as to firms that manufacture and distribute gambling equipment. It would also conduct audits to insure that an appropriate amount of the gambling proceeds was going to charitable organizations.

The five-member board -- with one member appointed by the governor and two each by the House speaker and Senate president -- would have its expenses paid by unspecified licensing fees. The board would issue a yearly report on gambling in Maryland, but would have no authority over the two forms already regulated by the state -- the State Lottery and horse racing.

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