On February 13th, 2009, the state officials threw out two of the 6 proposals for slot-machines facilities at the Laurel Park racing track in Anne Arundel County and Rocky Gap State Park in Western Maryland. The decision by the state officials improves the chances that a large casino facility will be constructed at the Arundel Mills mall and opens the chance of another round of bidding for the slot machines in Allegany County. Based on the advice from the attorney general's office in Maryland, the rejected proposals were judged to be incomplete because they did not feature millions of dollars in legally required licensing costs.
The seven member slot machines panel is expect to decide by the end of this year whether to give the lucrative gaming licenses to the remaining applicant who wants to construct slots facilities in Baltimore and Cecil County, near the Arundel Mills and Ocean City. The chairman of the slots commission, Donald C. Fry, did not give permission to the lawyers for Laurel Park-which is long considered to be a favorable candidate for slots license-to speak before the vote by the commission.