Racing Foes Busy in Maryland, Daily Racing Form, 1919-12-11


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RACING FOES BUSY IN MARYLAND RALTIMORE. Md., Decemler 10. Foes of. race track ltettiug in Maryland have been looking up the possibilities of the referendum provided in the state constitution. The - inquiry lias been made in view of the reiorted plan of the race track owners to make a fight to enact a law creating a State Racing Commission, with the appendage of a high daily tax for the benefit of the state treasury. The referendum amendment provides that nearly everything except the liquor question can be referred back to the voter on petition. Though this provision has been in the constitution for several years It has never been made use of by the opponents of any law. It provides that the petition shall be filed before June 1 following the enactment of a measure, and that It shall be signed by not less than 10,000 voters if it is statewide in its application. Xot more than half of the signers may come from Raltimore City or any other one political division of the state. It appears to be the belief of the race track foes that, even if the race track people can muster enough votes to pass a bill creating a State Racing Commission the majority of voters would be against it. because the effect of. such law would be favorable to the race track Interests in that it would improve their legal standing throughout the state.

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