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      Maryland special session: O'Malley, lawmakers to consider gambling expansion

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      Gov. Martin O'Malley is likely to call a special session to expand gambling next month.

      O'Malley's is expected to announce Thursday that the session will begin on August 8.

      House Speaker Michael Busch met with lawmakers Wednesday{}to tell them to be prepared for a special session to expand gambling next month.

      The{}meeting lasted{}for more than an hour.

      Busch met on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland's largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George's County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.

      Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to hold a special session this summer to tackle the issues of allowing table games and a new casino site. O'Malley wants a consensus to be reached before calling the session.

      The sixth casino has been a tough sell in the House, where delegates have expressed concern about lowering the state's 67 percent tax rate.