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Sports betting likely years away in Maryland, despite ruling

May 14, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Sports betting in Maryland likely won’t be happening soon, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing states to approve it.

Maryland has six casinos, but it would take a state constitutional amendment to allow sports betting.

A measure in the state’s legislative session this year would have put the matter on the ballot for voters to decide in November, but the bill stalled in the session that ended in April.

The House of Delegates passed a bill, but it did not clear the Senate. The two chambers couldn’t agree on whether to allow it at horse racing tracks.

That means the soonest a constitutional amendment could be approved would be in 2020, unless a special session is called and lawmakers pass legislation to put the matter on the November ballot.

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