ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A workgroup has failed to reach a consensus on gambling expansion in Maryland, meaning there will be no special session on the issue, and a sixth casino will not be recommended for Prince George's County this year.
After a three-hour delay Wednesday afternoon on the start of the group's final public meeting, the group of lawmakers and advisers to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley admitted that a consensus of the 11 members could not be reached.
The governor had said he would call a special session for next month, if lawmakers could reach a consensus on several issues. The workgroup had been weighing whether to allow table games such as blackjack and roulette at five already-authorized casinos.
Jim Murren, the chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International issued the following statement:
"MGM Resorts is committed to Maryland and our interest in National Harbor is unabated. With our partners at Peterson Companies, MGM Resorts remains keenly interested in building a world-class destination resort at National Harbor; a project that will bring significant investment, tax revenue, and much-needed jobs to the state. We remain willing to work together toward this goal, to offer input when asked, as the state deals with the recommendations of the State of Maryland's Working Group."
The group also was considering a new casino site in Prince George's County.