A meeting of the Delegates of the House was held on Monday for a prolonged dialogue on extended gambling program but no fruitful results came out as reported by Michael E. Busch, the Speaker. He added that views of other leaders of the team were needed on the issue as no conclusion has come as yet.
OMalley appointees and State senators were in favor of the plan for which OMalley sought compromise while Busch (D-Anne Arundel) intended to listen to the views from the three delegates who had withheld their support. Martin OMalley, the Maryland Gov. is thinking for a special sitting in spite of the fall down during the last month when the House members on the work group declined to favor a Prince Georges casino unless the existing tax rate on the owners is maintained by the state. A reduction in the tax rate was asked by the other work group to face the competition of a new casino. A special session was called by OMalley for the next week but that may not happen. The governor said that the legislators could instead be called back to Annapolis at the end of this moth or early August. However supporters of OMalley expressed that gambling does not find priority on the governors agenda. Raquel Guillory, the spokeswoman commented that now the special session is not a serious issue for him. His focus now is centered on the consequences and working with the utilities for restoration of peoples power, she said.