The future of slots at the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort will take center stage in Annapolis later this month with committee hearings in both the house and senate.
Since voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing slots at five locations in Maryland back in November of 2008, two requests for proposals for the western Maryland site have yet to turn up a qualified bidder, reports WCBC Radio.
Two separate bills are on the table, both with varying levels of incentives designed to attract a slot parlor operator to Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Flintstone, Md. House Bill 755, a bill introduced as an alternative to Senate Bill 512, incorporates recommendations by the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission and would slash the state’s take to 50 percent of machine proceeds.
Both bills are emergency bills, which would be effective once signed into law by the governor. Most bills include a waiting period before becoming effective. The hearings are set for March 15 and 16, before the House Ways and Means Committee on the 15th and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on the 16th.