Maryland Decision Against Bowie, Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-28


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MARYLAND DECISION AGAINST BOWIE The Maryland decision which was handed down Wednesday last by Judge Hunter Boyd of the Court of Appeals is a broad one and places the future of racing in Prince George County in a doubtful position Under the law which has been voided by the court the Southern Maryland Ag ¬ ricultural Association which maintains the Bowie track and the Upper Marlboro Association were permitted to conduct betting under the parimutuel system Under Wednesdays decision betting of any kind is banned bannedThe The decision is the result of suit brought against the Southern Maryland Agricultural Association by Charles P Close and others which questioned the constitutionality of the Prince George County racing law lawThe The point upon which the unconstitutionality of the law was attacked was the nonjudicial function which the law imposed upon the Circuit Court of Prince George County Under its provisions per ¬ mits for the races have been issued by this court This Chief Judge Boyd pointed out in his decision was not a judicial function and could not be imposed under the terms of the constitution defining such functions functionsThe The effect of the decision will be keenly felt in Washington where racing folks after the close of Benning which was long one of the principal tracks of the south turned to the Prince George County tracks for their diversion and sport sportIt It is planned by the suffragists of Maryland to have Governor Harrington call an extra session of the legislature to ratify the suffrage amendment so that women may vote next fall and if this is done an effort will be made to have a bill passed authorizing the governor to appoint a racing com ¬ mission for Prince George County This would put the sport under a regulation that has proved emi ¬ nently satisfactory wherever it has been established

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