From the office of Del. Glen Glass:
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass, (R-Harford, Cecil), announced today he will Boycott the proposed Special Session to take up the expansion of gambling. Governor O’Malley (D) indicated that a Special Session could be held even though a work group on gambling could not reach an agreement. Republicans in the House of Delegates are opposed to the Special Session, and have already sent letters to the Legislature’s presiding officers and the Governor’s office. The session is tentatively set to take place the week of July 9 at the State Capitol.
The Maryland Constitution dictates that a special session should only be called in times of a true crisis. “Gambling expansion does not justify a taxpayer funded Special Session, for summer 2012 when it can and should be discussed in 2013,” said Delegate Glass. “If we are called back into session, I will be working in my district and spending time with my constituents instead of blowing taxpayer money on this nonsense.”
Constitutional provisions for special sessions were established when the Maryland General Assembly held sessions once every two years. Since 2007, Governor O’Malley has called three special sessions, the most recent adjourning on May 16th. The Maryland General Assembly’s special session could cost over $20,000 a day to state taxpayers.
“This is nothing more than a ‘get-it-done-quick’ Special Session to avoid a full and thoughtful vetting through the regular legislative process. Certainly Democrats and some members of my own party will nevertheless choose to participate. However, I will not be in attendance even if I am the only member that will be absent,” said Delegate Glass.
The original slots program was established in Maryland during the 2007 Special Session. “If Maryland’s slots program had been crafted in a more deliberative and thoughtful fashion, rather than in a chaotic frenzy, we would be in a very different position today. We do not need a repeat of past mistakes, the citizens of Maryland deserve better,” said the Harford and Cecil County representative, who is also a member of the Ways and Means Committee and Gaming Subcommittee.
Delegate Glass has served as a member of the House of Delegates since January, 2011. In addition to serving on the Ways and Means Committee and Gaming Subcommittee, he is also a member of the Maryland Veterans Caucus.