Rachel Baye

The state Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to legislation that would ban commercial gambling, such as fantasy sports leagues. The bills would protect small-scale bets among friends or coworkers, such as March Madness bracket pools.

The legislation would give voters the final say on the matter in November.

Governor Martin O'Malley's played a key role in bringing legalized slots and table games to Maryland. But he wasn't always so supportive. WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Wagner of the Washington Post talk about why O'Malley changed his mind.

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