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For Immediate Release

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Shanetta J. Paskel, 410-576-7939
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The Office of Attorney General’s Response to the Decision in Stop Slots MD v. State Board of Elections

BALTIMORE, MD (September 10, 2008)- In response to the Order and Opinion issued this evening by the judges in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Austin Schlick, Chief of Civil Litigation, states the following:

“The Anne Arundel County Circuit Court confirmed what we've been stating all along, that the General Assembly properly put the slots issue before the voters. This is the second time the courts have rejected attempts to keep slots off the November ballot and we hope the issue has finally been put to rest.

The Court indicated one word should be inserted into the ballot language. There is no single correct way to condense a proposed constitutional amendment into a ballot question. Like the Secretary of State's proposed language, the Court's language is a reasonable approach. The State Board of Elections can now move forward to certify the November ballot question.”

   

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