Casino, table game bill moves to House
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.