Arundel Mills slots casino passes

Zoning for the state’s largest casino has passed in Anne Arundel County, ending a chapter in one of Maryland’s fiercest slots battles.

County voters approved the zoning at Arundel Mills mall by a preliminary 56 percent to 44 percent. Voters were asked in the Question A referendum to approve zoning awarded by the county council last year for Laurel Park racetrack and the potential casino site by the Arundel Mills mall.

Baltimore developer David Cordish holds the county’s lone slots license and plans to build a casino near the mall that he says would generate $400 million in revenue for the state once it is up and running.

The Maryland Jockey Club, which fought to get the referendum on the ballot, had campaigned against the referendum, which allows Cordish’s casino to now go forward. The jockey club operates nearby Laurel Park and believes the casino would kill business at the racetrack.

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