Lawyers for Laurel Park took their case to Maryland’s highest court on Tuesday, June 9, seeking to restore the track’s disqualifi ed proposal for a slots license.

The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission rejected Laurel’s bid in February because the company failed to submit the required $28.5 million in licensing fees. A legal team for the track argued in the Court of Appeals that the company was concerned that there was no guarantee it would get the money back if it didn’t win a license.

Alan M. Rifkin, a lawyer for Laurel Racing Association, suggested that the “best outcome” would be to reopen bidding with the understanding that licensing fees would be refundable.

Austin C. Schlick, an assistant attorney general, said Laurel could have raised its legal concerns before the bidding deadline and now is seeking “special treatment.”

When Laurel’s bid was rejected, only one viable candidate remained for the Anne Arundel County slots license – Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., which proposes to
build a 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex, including a casino with 4,750 slot machines, near Arundel Mills mall.

However, the Cordish plan is caught up in zoning issues. The Anne Arundel County Council, faced with a considerable amount of protest by nearby residents, has repeatedly delayed voting on the necessary zoning changes.