Maryland Crisis at Hand: House of Delegates at Annapolis Still Dallying with Proposed Legislation, Daily Racing Form, 1914-03-26


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MARYLAND CRISIS AT HAND. House of Delegates at Annapolis Still Dallying With Proposed Legislation. Baltimore, Md March 25. With real action still hanging fire, racing in Maryland is today facing a crisis. After futile efforts to bring the matter to a head, the House of Delegates at Annapolis adjourned late this afternoon until tonight with no action taken. As the matter now stands, the Hoffman amendment to the Hall anti-betting bill, which probably will be introduced late tonight or tomorrow, will provide for a state racing commission, drawn with the approval of the Maryland Jockey Club, proprietors of the PImlIco track. This amendment providps for a commission composed of Marion A. Humphreys, a personal friend of Thomas Clyde, and cousin of former United States Senator William P. Jackson: Edwin H. Webster, who is said to havr been suggested by friends of the Havre lie Giace track, and Davis Cowan, a former eraployeo at Pira-Hco. The amendment will provide for a tax of ,000 for each day of racing and for ninety days racing each year, to be distributed among Havre de Grace. Laurel and Pimlico. This would give Maryland nearly 00,000 a vear revenue from racing. . While sentiment in the Legislature apparently is swinging to the Hoffman amendment, other more radical amendments are threatened. There was a report at Annapolis today that one -measure will provide that no telephonic or telegraphic communication between the tracks and the outside world will be permitted and that newspapers, magazines and periodicals In Maryland will he prohibited from printing racing results. It is thought that these radical amendments will bo beaten by an overwhelming vote. Delegate Hall, framer of the anti-racing- bill now pending, also has an amendment providing heavier penalties for violations.

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