Slots foes ask board to reject wording

August 20, 2008|By LAURA SMITHERMAN

Slots opponents formally asked the State Board of Elections yesterday to reject the wording of a ballot question that will be put to voters in November on whether to authorize slot machines at five locations.

Marylanders United to Stop Slots, a ballot committee opposed to the proposal, have said the language is slanted in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment because it lays out the ways in which slots revenue would fund public education but not how a portion would accrue to the gambling and horse-racing industries.

The committee has questioned the propriety of having Secretary of State John P. McDonough, who formerly worked as a lawyer and lobbyist for Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County, draft the language. Rosecroft would not be the location of a slots parlor under the proposal but could benefit in other ways if it passes.

McDonough, who submitted the ballot question to the board Monday, has denied any bias and said that he hewed to language in legislation passed last year by the General Assembly.

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