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Maryland to Put Sports Gambling Before Voters in November

March 18, 2020, 7:01 PM

With little time to waste before a virus-driven legislative shutdown, the Maryland Senate voted unanimously to put legalized sports betting on the ballot in November.

The 45-0 passage of SB4 on Wednesday came a day after amendments in the House of Delegates boiled the once 25-page bill down to four pages, and removed a 20% tax on bets. The hasty passage came in an effort to push the measure through before lawmakers adjourn early on new coronavirus concerns.

The considered tax rate was higher than those in most states currently collecting taxes on legal sports ...