Anti-Gambling Group in Maryland Asks John McDonough To Step Aside On Slots Question
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The state of Maryland is in one of those in between periods for gambling in the state. There will be a question posed to voters on a referendum proposed to voter on the 2008 ballot.
Marylanders United to Stop Slots has taken a step to ensure that the current acting Secretary of State is not involved in drawing up that ballot question. They have sent him a letter asking him to remove himself from the drawing up process.
John McDonough, the acting Secretary of State, is a former gambling lobbyists. This creates a conflict of interest, according to the anti-gambling group. They want McDonough to step aside and let other draw up the question.
“A former gambling lobbyist writing the slot gambling ballot question presents a clear conflict of interest, and we hope Secretary McDonough will step aside from this task and allow the ballot to be written in impartial fashion,” said Sott Arceneaux, senior Advisor for Marylanders United to Stop Slots.
Maryland is in similar economic trouble as other states and is searching for help. Slot machines could be the answer in the state. Other states have legalized slots at their racetracks and have profited greatly from the move.
In addition to just slots, several states have legalized other forms of regulated gambling with great results. The states have implemented problem gambling education, and have moved forward with the entertainment form of gambling that has brought in millions of dollars to state budgets.