We want your opinions

February 04, 2007

ISSUE:

During the past year, the operators of three bingo halls in Anne Arundel County have installed 200 video-bingo machines, which are legal but almost indistinguishable from casino-style slots. The proliferation of the machines, which produce results by reading a spool of preprinted pull-tabs housed inside, follows the passage of a 2005 county law that sought to prop up commercial bingo establishments. Then-County Executive Janet S. Owens and several County Council members said that the purpose of the law was to increase jackpots and the variety of bingo games and that the arrival of the video machines is an unintended consequence. After a Sun story Thursday that revealed the presence of the machines, the new county executive, John R. Leopold, asked county lawyers to review the law.

YOUR VIEW:

Should Leopold and the council move to ban the video-bingo machines? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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