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Serious Concerns Linger in Prince George's County Over Gaming Bill

Special to Informer | , Steve Monroe | 4/4/2012, 11:47 a.m.

"The casino brings the possibility for more revenue for the county," said Peters, who favored gaming being based on the will of county voters. "And the table games, people want that because it brings more people into the process. And the bill has increased the proceeds ... [for gaming operators, from 33 percent to 40 percent]. In the first year, we could net $62 million ... the next year $136 million... so overall it means a lot of money."

State delegate Jay Walker, whose district includes Rosecroft Raceway and National Harbor, said in a published report he was pleased about the gaming facility being contingent on county voters and that the bill would be considered carefully by the House this week. Walker's office did not return numerous telephone calls and emails for comment by press time.

Asked about Baker's preference for National Harbor to be the county site, Peters said, "We decided not to do that because we want to promote competition for the license ... they will probably try to put those things in on the House side.

A spokesman for County Executive Baker said, "We have seen positive developments in the amendments adopted in the senate, and as the debate shifts to the House, we look forward to continuing to make progress. We are committed to a model premised on a high end facility in a location that makes the most sense for the county."