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MD House tours Winbak

November 02, 2003

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Thursday, October 30, members of the Maryland House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee, who killed the governor's slot machines bill last session, toured Joe and JoAnn Thomson's Winbak Farm as they continue their study on bringing slot machines to Maryland.

"We are pleased that the Committee Chairwoman Shelia Hixson led her committee on the tour of Winbak farm." said Joe Thompson. "Just being here, touring the farm, listening to some of our problems proves they are interested in doing something for the Maryland Horse Industry and we are very appreciative."

Robert A. McKee, Washington County Republican, remarked he wants slot machines at Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, Rosecroft Raceway, the state fair grounds, and at Ocean Downs. He was one of the five-committee members who backed the slot machine legislation during the 2003 General Assembly session.

"Maryland has a revenue problem and the alternative is to either increase taxes or continue severe program cuts," McKee said after a ride through the fairgrounds at Timonium.

Before leaving, Nancy J. King, D-Montgomery County said she's "warming up" to slot machine legislation. "I think we're still learning and the questions we had during the last session are being answered."

At the conclusion of the tour, the committee said they were very impressed with the way Winbak Farm was operated. They offered that they knew more about the harness racing industry and understand why it is so important for the state to become competitive with other states.
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