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Maryland voters pass amendment to allow gaming revenue for education

The MGM National Harbor logo is seen on a roulette table in the casino during a preview tour of the MGM National Harbor, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. The$1.4 billion National Harbor casino and resort just outside the nation's capital, advertises a gambling floor "bigger than the White House," is scheduled to open this week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Marylanders voted by an overwhelming majority Tuesday to see increased funding for public schools via the state's gaming revenue fund.

The measure received 1,734,357 votes, or 87.72 percent. There were 242,691 votes, or 12.28 percent, against it.

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The measure, Question 1 on the ballot, asked voters to decide on an amendment to the state constitution that will require casino revenue to be set aside for schools in order to enhance education spending above state funding formulas.

In the past, the money went into one pot for education, with lawmakers able to dip into it and use it for other areas of the budget.

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