Cohen introduces resolution on slots

February 11, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Annapolis Alderman Joshua Cohen introduced a resolution before the city council last night calling on the General Assembly to postpone any decision on legalizing slot machine gambling at race tracks for at least a year.

In the resolution, Cohen wrote that slot gambling is a concern to Annapolis residents because two of the tracks are within an hour's drive of the city.

"Maryland already has a sad history with slot machines," Cohen said in a statement. "Before opening the door to this slippery slope of gambling, the General Assembly should fully explore all other options to reduce the deficit and revitalize horse racing."

Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, a member of the state's racing commission, sent a letter to House Speaker Michael E. Busch last week asking for more protection of the horse industry in pending legislation.

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