The Situation in Maryland, Daily Racing Form, 1914-03-03


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THE SITUATION IN MARYLAND. v The legislative correspondent of the Baltimore News writes that paper from Annapolis as follows tinder date of Friday last: "The Hall anti-racetrack gambling hill, which got its nose out of the room of the House Committee on Judicial Proceedings yesterday and was pulled back, remnined there today, and Chairman Hoffman of that committee said it would be reported on Monday night, which will be the next sessiou of the House. "The committee, however, shows no sign of changing its determination to report it favorably, though two members -Messrs. Mcintosh and Frick are against it. If it gets before t ho House witli a favorable report it is likely to pass that body, and this will mean a light in the Senate. "Mr. Hall, who introduced the bill, said today that his reason for not wanting the bill to come out at this time is that Rev. John Roach Stratton, William F. Cochran and others who want racetrack gambling stopped are trying to get Justice Charles K. Hughes of the United States Supreme Court and former governor of New York State to come here and make an address on the racetrack gambling question. Mr. Hughes was governor of New York Wwhen the anti-racetrack legislation was passed in -that state after a tremendous light. With this in view they have asked that the bill be not reported until March 10, by which time they hope to be able to get Justice Hughes to come. .Meanwhile there is much speculation as to what the Legislature will do. The Pimlico people are said to be favorable to the creation of a state-wide -iinniission on racing, as is proposed by Senator Hammond, but what the other tracks want is not known except that they want to be let alone. "Gossip has it that the Havre de Grace people and the Laurel people have made their peace with f the powers that be, so far as hostile legislation is concerned, lint that the Pimlico people have stood aloof. If this be true it means that strong political influences outside the membership of the Legislature will work to prevent legislation hostile to these two tracks. . , "It has been put before the Judiciary Committee that Pimlico ought to be exempted from any anti-racetrack legislation, but those favoring the passage of tlie pending bill say that no favors should be shown, as all racetracks look alike to them."

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