Maryland online casino legislation got wide support at its first hearing Wednesday, with a caveat. Many who testified at the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee requested that Maryland online casino licenses include more than casinos.
If this sounds familiar, it’s exactly how sports betting legislation began in Maryland.
Sen. Ron Watson expected this response when he introduced the bill.
This is just the beginning of the process of discussing online casino legalization in Maryland. The expectation that Watson, a member of the legislative black caucus, would work with them on inclusion likely is why minority-owned gaming businesses spoke in favor of SB 267 despite not getting market access in the initial language.