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O'Malley on Gambling and Hudson Farm

The clock’s ticking to reach a consensus on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s the word from Governor Martin O’Malley, who told the Salisbury Daily Times in an interview, that he has still not decided whether to call a special session to legalize table games and put a 6th casino in Prince George’s County.

He said that he met last Friday with Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch to discuss the options.

He also turned his attention to the federal lawsuit filed against the Hudson Farm in Berlin that charges it with polluting a nearby a creek.

He said it was like using a sledgehammer to solve a fly swatter problem. 

He also took aim at the law clinic at the University of Maryland School of Law which is advising the environmental group suing the farm.

He told the paper that using the law clinic with deep pockets to pursue litigation simply compounds the injustice.

One victory for farmers in Annapolis this year the Governor said was the repeal of Maryland’s estate tax on working farms which could have kept families from selling their property when faced with a high tax burden.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.