House Republican Leaders Comment on Special Session Announcement

House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell and Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio today released the following statement regarding the Governor’s announcement of an August Special Session:

“We regret the Governor’s decision to hold a Special Session on gambling. As we have said before, the harrowing pressure cooker of a get-it-done-quick special session is not the place to debate an issue as complex as the expansion of gaming in Maryland. There will be little to no time for public comment, and as we saw in the closed-door meetings of the gaming workgroup, transparency will be nonexistent. Moreover, the image of Democratic leaders flanked by organized labor and Las Vegas gambling interest should be chilling to anyone who believes in honest and open government. This Special Session may serve the interests of the Governor’s national aspirations and his new special friends, but it does not serve the interests of the citizens of Maryland.”


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