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Maryland legalizes sports betting, repeals state song. What’s next


Legalized sports betting, carryout alcohol sales and a repeal of Maryland’s pro-Confederate state song were among the more than 200 bills Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law Tuesday.

The Republican governor joined top legislative leaders in Annapolis to grant final approval to 226 bills that passed through the Democratic-controlled Legislature during the 2021 session that ended last month.

Sports betting could begin in Maryland in time for the start of the NFL season. Voters approved a measure to legalize sports betting by a 2-to-1 margin in November.

The bill makes 60 licenses available for mobile betting and offers guaranteed licenses to Maryland’s casinos, professional sports venues and horse racing tracks. Sports betting proceeds will be taxed at 15% to bring in a new source of revenue for the state.

Hogan also signed a bill to start the process of building a multipurpose sports facility in Hagerstown.

Dumping the state song in Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law Tuesday to legal sports betting in the state.

He also agreed to jettison the state song, “Maryland, My Maryland,” which has long been denounced by critics as racist and embarrassingly outdated.

Written by a Confederate sympathizer who wanted his home state of Maryland to fight the Union in the Civil War, the song refers to Abraham Lincoln as a “despot and a “tyrant.”

Lawmakers have tried for years to repeal the song, but never succeeded until this year. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service