Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, and other progressive county officials, who have long opposed bringing slots to Prince George’s County thought they had a way around their former opposition, put the issue to the voters and make the decision on their backs. Problem is that the bill would require a vote of voters across the state, and no one likes the possibility of an amendment that might have broad statewide support, but not much locally bringing slots into the county. To soften that opposition Senator Douglas JJ Peters of Bowie and Delegate Barbara Frush of Laurel included language in their bills that the constitutional amendment would only pass, if a majority of voters in the county supported it at the ballot box, regardless of the statewide numbers. It seemed to win over a few (very few) people, until Doug Gansler got involved.
In an Attorney General opinion, requested by Delegate Aisha Braveboy (D-25), Assistant Attorney General Bonnie Kirkland wrote “” The portion of the opinion that says constitutionally impermissible is lawyer talk for being unconstitutional or illegal, an opinion County Councilman Eric Olson rendered weeks ago when the matter was before the council.
To read the entire AG Advisory Opinion on Gaming Bill opinion click here.