In the 2008 general election, the voters of Maryland ratified a constitutional amendment authorizing slot machines in five locations in the state (Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Cecil County, Allegany County, and Worcester County). Upon approval of this constitutional amendment, the law became effective. Among other things, the gaming law added a new Title 9, Subtitle 1A to the State Government Article (SG) to provide a licensing and regulatory framework for casino operators and associated employees and contractors, and to specify the distribution of the proceeds from slot machine operations.
In a 2012 referendum, voters approved a gaming expansion bill, allowing for table games in all Maryland casinos, as well as extended facility hours. The bill also allowed for a sixth casino in Prince George’s County. SG§ 9-1A was amended to include this expansion and to specify the distribution of proceeds from table game operations. Maryland’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission awarded the state’s sixth and final casino operator’s license in December 2013.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (“MLGCC”) (with assistance from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (“MLGCA”)) is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the licensee. In this regulatory role, the MLGCC oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for each of the facilities.
There are currently five casinos operating: Hollywood Casino Perryville, which opened in September 2010; Casino at Ocean Downs, which opened in January 2011; Maryland Live Casino, which opened in June 2012; Rocky Gap Casino Resort, which opened in May 2013; and Horseshoe Casino, which opened in August 2014. MGM National Harbor will open in Prince George’s County in mid-2016.
MARYLAND STATE LOTTERY VLT LAW [PDF]
Video Lottery Terminals – Authorization and Limitations [PDF]
Video Lottery Terminals – Implementing Bill [PDF]
Fiscal Analysis of the VLT Implementing Bill [PDF]
Senate Bill 882 [PDF]
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