Casino, ta­ble game bill moves to House

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY DAVID HILL

AN­NAPO­LIS | The Se­nate passed a bill Tues­day that could bring a casino to Prince Ge­orge’s County and ta­ble games to the state, but the pro­posal faces a tougher test in the House over con­cerns it might over­sat­u­rate the lo­cal gam­bling mar­ket.

The Se­nate voted 35-11 in fa­vor of the mea­sure, a pro­posed con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that would set up a slots-and-ta­ble-games casino in south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s and le­gal­ize ta­ble games at five other sites in the state.

The bill now needs three-fifths sup­port in the House and ap­proval by a Novem­ber ref­er­en­dum.

Op­po­nents have ar­gued the state should not add ta­ble games un­til af­ter it rolls out the five slots casi­nos that vot­ers ap­proved in 2008 — only two of which have opened thus far. They have also ar­gued that a sixth casino could take busi­ness from the other sites, par­tic­u­larly planned casi­nos in Anne Arun­del County and Bal­ti­more.

Se­nate sup­port­ers amended their bill in an ef­fort to quell such con­cerns, giv­ing casino op­er­a­tors a larger share of rev­enues than be­fore while as­sur­ing crit­ics that a sixth casino will mean more money for state ed­u­ca­tion and other causes.

“It ben­e­fits ev­ery sin­gle county in the state,” said Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Prince

DYRS sub­or­di­nates against Mr. Muhammad that are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, and that Mr. Muhammad was “given a pass” on the com­plaints be­cause of his man­age­ment po­si­tion.

DYRS of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment.

Dur­ing his ten­ure in the Dis­trict, Mr. Muhammad over­saw 20,000 youths on pro­ba­tion, a staff of 600 and a $90 mil­lion bud­get, ac­cord­ing to the Alameda County law­suit. He left DYRS in 2010 to be­come deputy com­mis­sioner of the New York City Depart­ment of Pro­ba­tion un­der Mr. Schi­raldi, af­ter Mr. Schi­raldi be­came com­mis­sioner there. But Mr. Muhammad left New York for the po­si­tion of chief pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer in Alameda County in De­cem­ber 2010.

An Oak­land, Calif., na­tive, Mr. Muhammad has been quoted in news­pa­pers as stat­ing he was ar­rested sev­eral times as a teenager there, once for at­tempted mur­der, the law­suit states.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms. Armstrong, “Mr. Muhammad has ap­par­ently been pro­tected for a long time be­cause peo­ple wanted so much to hold him up as an ex­am­ple of a suc­cess­ful African-amer­i­can male who had over­come a dif­fi­cult back­ground.” But the law­suit points to his Novem­ber 2010 di­vorce amid charges of adul­tery and fail­ure to pay child sup­port.

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