State Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George's) said that it's still too early to tell if casino gambling will get the green light in Prince George's County.
"We don't know yet," Pinsky said Thursday during a town hall meeting hosted by Prince George's County Council member Will Campos (D-Hyattsville).
"I generally have not been a big fan of gambling," said Pinsky. "I'm just afraid that a lot of people lose their rent checks and their mortgage checks. I'm also concerned that it could lead to an increase in crime."
Pinsky said that he understood the interest which Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has in bringing gambling to the National Harbor.
"It's a great location, and they want to attract more visitors, and I think that's great," said Pinsky. "If they want to take money away from people, let it be from people from out of the county."
But Pinsky noted that political competition from other Maryland jurisdictions where gambling has already been legalized meant that it was unclear if a Prince George's gambling bill would pass the state legislature anytime soon.
Any bill expanding gambling to Prince George's County would need the support of county and state elected officials before Maryland voters would get a chance to weigh in through a referrendum.