Maryland county to vote on slots casino near mall

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Posted: Dec 07, 2009 10:09 AM

The Anne Arundel County Council plans to vote on a proposal to build Maryland's largest planned slots casino near Arundel Mills mall.

The zoning vote on Monday is expected to determine whether the proposed casino from Baltimore-based developer Cordish Cos. will move forward. Other options include allowing slots at another location near the Laurel Park horse racing track or rejecting both proposals.

Cordish has been seeking a state license and county zoning. A state slots commission is expected to vote to grant a gambling license for the company's project on Monday, before the council vote.

The council measure needs four votes and only five of the seven council members plan to take part. Anti-slots groups say gambling would bring more traffic and crime to the area.