New Lawsuit In Maryland

Published: May 6, 2010 03:49 pm EDT

While the Aqueduct racino project holds the current record for longevity without life, it may ultimately be threatened by events in Maryland, where the years are piling up on slots in the state, now two years old and aging.

Now a new delay appears on the horizon, as a complaint was filed this week in circuit court in Annapolis, taking a new tack on challenging a public referendum vote on barring slots at the Arundel Mills mall between Baltimore and Washington.

The new suit, backed by the giant Cordish Corporation, which hopes to build the casino, claims the referendum is unconstitutional because the county cannot hold a referendum that conflicts with state law.

The suit charges the Anne Arundel County board of elections and Maryland unlawfully certified the petition allowing the referendum to move forward. It also questions the motives of the Maryland Jockey Club, which paid a private company to help collect petition signatures.

(Harness Tracks of America)