- 14 Apr
The Maryland Senate and House of Delegates April 12 both passed broad legislation authorizing implementation of sports betting as approved last November in a statewide constitutional referendum. Most horse racing facilities and off-track betting outlets are eligible for licenses.
The General Assembly also passed a video lottery terminal bill that will generate substantially more revenue for the Purse Dedication Account.
The Senate had amended the House bill (HB 940), which resulted in a compromise hammered out just days before the General Assembly ended its 2021 session April 12. The final vote in the Senate was 47-0, while the House voted 122-16. The measure, which has emergency status to facilitate the awarding of licenses, now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.