Halfway through the General Assembly session, Maryland lawmakers are still working out how, exactly, to set up a new sports gambling industry in the state.
Voters gave overwhelming approval to the broad concept of legalized betting on sports during last fall’s general election. Now it’s up to lawmakers to decide how many licenses to grant, who can apply for them and how much of a cut the state will take to fund improvements to public schools.
Members of a House of Delegates committee spent more than two hours Thursday hearing testimony on a detailed proposal from Democratic Speaker Adrienne A. Jones. The state Senate, meanwhile, is gradually hashing out issues in a work group before introducing a bill with specifics.
Lawmakers are focused on how best to ensure that minority-owned businesses get a stake in this expansion of the gambling industry, which has traditionally favored white-owned corporations.