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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Slots & Taxes: What our legislators are saying (part 3)

(Posted 21 Oct 2007)
O'Malley To Push For Truce On Slots.
Post, 21 Oct 2007 (Wagner).
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Del. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George's) said she viewed a referendum as a "lazy" way for elected officials to do their jobs.

If other members of the General Assembly had their fingers on the pulse of the community, there wouldn't need to be "a referendum to tell us what the people are saying," she said. But Benson said she probably would vote for a referendum if there is overwhelming support among her colleagues.

Del. Benjamin S. Barnes (D-Prince George's) said he is not a fan of referendums, but he said slot-machine gambling has become so divisive in the legislature that he could let voters decide its fate.

"In Maryland, we don't employ referendums but for extraordinary circumstances," he said, "and this may be one of those extraordinary circumstances."

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