Delay is expected on slots vote in Arundel

April 07, 2009|By TYEESHA DIXON

The Anne Arundel County Council was expected to postpone voting on a bill Monday night that would allow electronic slots in the county.

More than 200 people attended the council meeting - most of whom wanted to hear a vote on the bill. Current county zoning laws do not allow slots.

Council Chairman Edward R. Reilly, however, suggested that the council would hold off voting, in part because one councilman, C. Edward Middlebrooks, was unable to attend the meeting because of recent surgery.

The bill has generated opposition among community members who are against a proposed slots casino at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover. Several people, however, have publicly expressed their support for the bill. If the council does not approve the bill, plans for a billion-dollar entertainment complex at Arundel Mills cannot go forward. The casino, which would be built by the Baltimore-based developer Cordish Cos., could bring in $30 million in annual tax revenue for the county and nearly $450 million for the state, the company has contended.

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