House leaders met behind closed doors in Annapolis Monday afternoon to discuss gambling and the possibility of a special session.
No decisions were made, said House Speaker Michael E. Busch afterward. He called Democratic leaders to Annapolis "to listen to their views and opinions" on expanding a sixth casino, table games and the work group that dissolved last month.
Some of the House members of that work group attended to explain why talks fell apart. "There was not consensus in that group," Busch said. Others, he said, shared what they are hearing from their communities and key constituencies.
Busch said part of the reason for the meeting was to help him "make a fair assessment" of the views in his chamber and "relay some of that to the governor." The Speaker said he will continue taking the temperature of his chamber over the "next couple weeks" -- a time frame that could keep the door open on a special session even if the initial July 9 date passes with no action.
Busch wouldn't share his thoughts on how the body is leaning. "I think there was a good exchange of opinions," he said. "That is about as far as I'll go with it."