Commission to Hold Meeting on Rocky Gap
The Maryland Video Lottery Facilities Commission has scheduled a meeting for Friday, and it is possible a slots license for Rocky Gap could be awarded then. Former Speaker of the House, Casper Taylor, Jr. says that Rocky Gap is on the agenda for Friday’s meeting. There is only one company left in the running for the slots license, and that is Evitts Resort, LLC. A meeting today will run through a checklist of items, before the slots license is officially awarded.
Probation Denied for Mineral County Sex Offender
Convicted Mineral County sex offender Michael Lynn Rosier has been denied probation. During yesterday’s hearing, Judge Andrew Frye denied the request, following testimony from the mothers of three victims. More than 500 resident signed a petition asking that he be kept in jail. Rosier was convicted in 2008 of several sexual offenses against minor children. Rosier will continue to serve his sentence at the Mount Olive Correctional Center in Fayette County.
Residents May Soon Have High Speed 4G LTE Services
U.S. Cellular customers in Hagerstown and Cumberland will be among the next customers to experience high-speed 4G LTE services. The higher speeds are expected to be implemented in the second half of the year; residents will experienced an enhanced wireless experience, with countless entertainment possibilities and ways to help simplify and organize their lives. The higher speeds will only initially be available with certain phone models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Susquehanna Acquires Tower Bancorp
Susquehanna Bancshares has completed its acquisition of Tower Bancorp. This will create the largest community bank in the state. The acquisition was completed on February 17th. Tower has bank branches in central and southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as in Maryland. With the acquisition, Susquehanna will have $17.5 billion in assets and 261 offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and West Virginia.
Same Sex Marriage Could Soon Be Law
The Maryland Judicial Proceedings Committee is expected to send same sex marriage legislation to the full chamber, and a final vote could come by the end of the week. Last week, the House passed the bill by a slim margin of 72 to 67, getting only one more vote than needed to gain a majority. Opponents of the measure have vowed to take it to referendum should it pass the Senate and be signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley.
Marylanders Paying More for Gas
Drivers could be paying $5 for a gallon of gas before summer, and many are already frustrated with the price they are now paying. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.56, while Maryland is averaging $3.61 per gallon. Meanwhile, Governor Martin O’Malley is proposing a six per cent sales tax on gas, arguing that it hasn’t risen in 20 years. The Governor claims Maryland needs the money for transportation infrastructure.