House committees are poised to vote today on bills that would expand forms and locations of gaming in the state and alter the liability standards for injury caused by dogs. Last Friday evening the Senate passed Governor O’Malley’s gaming bill on a vote of 28 to 14, and the dog liability bill on a vote of 41 to 1.
This morning the House briefly convened to read the Senate bills across the desk and assign them to committees. Vote counting continues, with meetings of the Baltimore City delegation at 11 a.m., the Black Caucus at noon, and the Democratic and Republican caucuses at 4 p.m.. The Ways & Means Financial Resources Subcommittee will meet at 12:30 p.m. to consider amendments to the gaming bill, with the full committee meeting at 2:30 p.m..
Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Vallario announced that the committee will meet at 1 p.m. for a limited hearing on SB 2, the dog liability bill, and to “possibly” vote on the bill. The full House will reconvene at 5 p.m. to consider any bills reported out of committees. The Senate will return at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening to consider any House changes to the bills they have passed.