[photo, Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland] Donald C. Fry, Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Ella H. Pierce; Linda Read.

Appointed by Senate President: Rona E. Kramer; James J. King.

Appointed by House Speaker: Michael G. Miller; D. Bruce Poole.

Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland, February 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Staff: Robert W. Howells

c/o State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
Montgomery Park Business Center, Suite 330
1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 230-8789

In November 2008, the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission was established (Chapter 4, Acts of 2007 Special Session; Code State Government Article, sec. 9-1A-36). The Commission conducted a competitive bidding process to award up to five licenses to operate a video lottery [slots gambling] facility in Maryland. With certain stipulations, one license was to be awarded for each of five locations: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Cecil and Worcester counties, and Baltimore City. The Maryland Video Lottery Program is regulated by the State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

For each georgraphic area in which a video lottery facility was located, a local development council was established. The council advises the county on the impact of the facility on the communities in immediate proximity to the facility, and on the needs and priorities of those communities. The Commission also made recommendations to the county and municipality in which the video lottery facility was located regarding the multi-year plans for expenditure of revenue from the facility (Code State Government Article, sec. 9-1A-31).

[photo, Rocky Gap Casino Resort, Flintstone (Allegany County), Maryland] Video Lottery Facilities. The first facility in Maryland with video lottery terminals [slot machines] was the Hollywood Casino, which opened at Perryville in Cecil County on September 27, 2010. The second such facility, Casino at Oceans Downs, opened at Berlin in Worcester County on January 4, 2011. A third gambling center - Maryland Live! - opened at Arundel Mills in Anne Arundel County on June 6, 2012. And, the State's fourth casino, Rocky Gap Casino Resort, began operation in Allegany County on May 22, 2013. Next, the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, the State's fifth casino, opened on August 26, 2014. Further, a future gambling site has been approved for Prince George's County.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort, Flintstone (Allegany County), Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission consisted of seven members.

Authorization for the Commission ended January 1, 2015 (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-1A-01 through 9-1A-36).

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