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Local authorities have tried for several years to pass the project but the deals fell apart amid heavy lobbying

Florida legislators begin discussion over gambling bill

Florida legislators begin discussion over gambling bill
House and Senate members met Monday to reach an agreement. Both sides have about three weeks left in this year's session.
United States | 04/19/2017

House and Senate members met Monday to reach an agreement. Both sides have about three weeks left in this year's session.

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he Senate has passed a bill that would create a pathway for an additional casino in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and allows slot machines at dog and horse tracks outside of South Florida. This new legislation would also let the Seminole Tribe to offer craps and roulette at its casinos.

According to Senator Bill Galvano -the Bradenton Republican and sponsor of the bill- the project is needed to address ongoing lawsuits and disputes that have threatened to upend the state’s gambling landscape.

However, the House bill move in an opposite direction from the Senate. This other draft law would allow the tribe to keep its slot machines and blackjack tables for 20 years, but it would not let them to add additional games.

The legislation promoted by The House would also make it clear that slot machines would be confined to tribal-run casinos and tracks in South Florida.

 

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