Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two Worcester Bills Signed Into Law By Maryland Governor

ANNAPOLIS — Legislation to abolish the Liquor Control Board and to allow slots at fraternal organizations in Worcester County have both been signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley. Both bills end long struggles in Annapolis and portend future changes for the county.

The abolishment of the LCB will not mean the end to government involvement in the sale of wine and spirits, but the creation of a county Department of Liquor Control to oversee it. The choice to keep the sale of certain types of alcohol within government oversight was seen as a way to preserve government revenue.

The fraternal slots bill will allow designated fraternal organizations, such as the American Legion, to have up to five slots machines. The revenues from the machines must be divided up with at least 50 percent of the profits going to other non-profits and charities in the area.


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