A House bill that would establish a sports betting framework in Maryland was the topic of a public hearing in the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee on Thursday.
And the session quickly became an audition, of sorts, for the many companies eager to grab a slice of the pie.
Testimony was dominated by representatives from Black- and female-owned firms. They urged legislators to maximize opportunities for minority companies, in part by expanding the number of mobile, or app-based, licenses.
House Bill 940 is sponsored by House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County). The House approved it 129-10 on March 11.