01 October 2010

Anne Arundel County slots debate: What exactly is Question A?

One thing I haven't really seen from either side in the Anne Arundel County slots debate is the actual text of what voters are being asked to vote for or against.  First, let's take a look at the text of "Question A" which is what voters will see on the ballot on November 2nd:
Local Referendum by Petition
Zoning, Video Lottery Facilities
Video Lottery Facilities are not permitted anywhere in Anne Arundel County under current zoning law. Bill No. 82-09 is a zoning bill and was enacted for the purpose of allowing a Video Lottery Facility as a conditional use in a W-i Industrial Park zoning district or at a Regional Commercial Complex. Vote "For Bill 82-09" if you want Bill 82-09 to take effect. Vote "Against Bill 82-09" if you do not want bill 82-09 to take effect.
Now of course if you want to really know what you're voting on, you need to actually find and read the text of Bill 82-09.  It's barely six pages in length, so you will do well to read it in it's entirety.

I would ask you to take special note of pages 3-4 under the section, TITLE 10. REQUIREMENTS FOR CONDITIONAL USES.  What this does is require that facilities like adult bookstores and adult movie theaters maintain a distance of at least 1,000 feet away from the slots parlors (or "video lottery facility").  In effect, slots parlors are being treated the same as residential houses, schools, libraries, churches.  There will be no seedy joints around the slots parlor, just like you wouldn't expect them to be around schools or churches.

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