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Florida Gambling Expansion Heavily Opposed by Sunshine State Voters, New Poll Finds

Florida gambling expansion efforts are heavily opposed by likely voters in the Sunshine State, a new poll finds. According to a study performed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, an independent surveying firm with offices in Washington, DC, and Jacksonville, Florida, just eight percent of Florida voters say they support expanded gambling. That compares to 84 percent who said they want gaming left as is, or reduced.

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7/24/2017

article Horse breeders can challenge divvying up of award money, court says
(Florida) -- Horse breeders have legal standing to “challenge the annual plan for distribution of owners’ and breeders’ awards,” according to a...

7/21/2017

article Florida allows first dog track to ‘decouple’ from racing, keep slots
(Florida) -- Florida has approved a Miami-area dog track’s ‘decoupling’ plan that will see it scrap racing activity while continuing to offer slots and...

7/20/2017

article Florida gambling officials approve ending dog races at Miami track
(Florida) -- Florida gambling regulators this week gave a Miami dog track permission to ditch greyhound races but keep more lucrative slot machines and card games, in a...

7/19/2017

article Disney funds Florida anti-gambling initiative
(Florida) -- In the works for several years, Florida’s Voter Control of Gambling amendment has finally surpassed 100,000 signatures according to the state’s...

7/18/2017

article Fighting casinos. Disney wants voters' help ... this time
(Florida) -- Disney hates casinos … like really hates casinos. After all, $10 lost on a hand of blackjack is $10 you can’t spend on a Mickey Mouse-shaped...
article Florida appeals court grapples with two-horse race
(Florida) -- It’s clear gambling regulators weren’t keen on a horse race between two aging nags on a dirt path, with the race launched by a red rag on a...

7/15/2017

article Cotterell: Casino amendment’s odds seem to be improving
(Florida) -- It’s not like Florida doesn’t already have the nation’s most challenging, high-stakes political year coming up. There’s a toss-up U....

7/14/2017

article Gambling ballot initiative tops 100K signatures
(Florida) -- Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict the expansion of gambling in Florida have submitted more than 100,000 petition signatures...

7/11/2017

article Judge issues ruling that games are slot machines
(Florida) -- Siding with state regulators, a Leon County circuit judge has issued a formal decision finding that certain electronic games offered in bars and other...
article Appeals court remands case involving Treasure Chest Poker, says trial court didn't have jurisdiction
(Florida) -- An appeals court has said a trial court didn't have jurisdiction declaring judgment in a case in which a poker company alleges the Florida Department of...

7/7/2017

article Florida reaches a gambling agreement
(Florida) -- Blackjack offerings in Florida will be regulated under a new agreement between the state’s government and the Seminole Tribe. Representatives of both...

6/30/2017

article Split opinions over lottery game warnings in the state of Florida
(Florida) -- Rick Scott, Florida’s governor, has vetoed legislation that would require lottery games offered in the state to come complete with a warning notice...

6/29/2017

article Warnings for Lottery Games Vetoed by Florida Governor Rick Scott
(Florida) -- Legislation that would have required lottery games in Florida to come with a warning about the potential harm gambling can have on an individual has been...

6/28/2017

article Casino seeks to lower property taxes
(Florida) -- Lakeside Hotel and Casino has filed an appeal with the Clarke County Board of Review to lower the valuation of the facility by $5.4 million dollars. It...

6/20/2017

article Florida Judge Makes Dramatic U-turn on Pre-reveal “Slot” Machines
(Florida) -- A Florida judge had a complete change of heart about the legality of so-called “pre-reveal” gaming machines this week.
article Judge rules pre-reveal game machines as illegal slots
(Florida) -- A Circuit Court Judge reversed his ruling on pre-reveal game machines to reclassify them as illegal slots. The ruling comes after the judge was asked to...

6/16/2017

article Greyhound races are a thing of the past. Here’s why Florida still hasn’t learned that.
(Florida) -- During the third race on a recent sweltering Sunday at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a sleek black greyhound named Atascocita Laden broke from the pack early...

6/15/2017

article Brunetti Gambles With Florida City Project
(Florida) -- Back in 2009, John Brunetti Sr. took a risk. He invested in refurbishing a decayed Hialeah Park race track, with the goal of getting a slot license. Today,...

6/10/2017

article Rain delays opening of Kings Court jai-alai and poker room in Florida City
(Florida) -- The continuous rain has delayed the opening of Kings Court jai-alai and poker room in Florida City. The first jai-alai match was set for Sunday to meet a...

6/7/2017

article Sowinski: Gambling lobbyist finally admits it – casinos prey on customers
(Florida) -- Marc Dunbar is one of Florida’s best-known gambling advocates. When it comes to pushing for more and bigger casinos, he wears the hats of a lawyer,...

6/6/2017

article Florida residents discuss casino expansion
(Florida) -- As casino and gaming expansion in Florida has been paralysed for now, residents have been discussing about the possible implementations of new legislations...
article New jai-alai fronton, poker room set to open in Florida City
(Florida) -- A new pari-mutuel facility opens this month, way down in Florida City, a town of about 12,000 linking south Miami and the Florida Keys. By utilizing a...

6/5/2017

article No Casinos responds to criticism it’s ‘misinformed’ about casino gambling
(Florida) -- The state’s anti-gambling expansion group is pushing back against comments that it’s “misinformed” about casino gambling not being a...
article New deal? Gretna asks court to reconsider slots ruling
(Florida) -- Lawyers for a North Florida racetrack have asked the state’s Supreme Court to rehear argument in a case over whether pari-mutuels can add slot...
article EDITORIAL: Legislature should rewrite gambling rules
(Florida) -- Medical marijuana isn't the only major issue missing from the agenda for this week's special session of the Florida Legislature. Gambling also is...

6/2/2017

article OP/ED: Casinos push for expansion but, for the public, all bets are off
(Florida) -- West Broward County somehow is still growing, which means more strip malls, which means another McDonald’s on every new outparcel. Recently, while...

5/31/2017

article ANALYSIS: Where Does Fla. Gambling Head After Reform Bill's Failure? [sub req]
(Florida) -- Just two months ago, Florida lawmakers were eyeing significant gambling concessions to bring billions into state coffers and resolve numerous lawsuits, but...

5/28/2017

article Opponents eye 2018 to head off legislative moves legalizing slots
(Florida) -- Opponents of the spread of slot machines in Florida are eyeing November 2018 as the point when they claim "total victory" and their permanent bar...

5/26/2017

article Magic Kingdoms
(Florida) -- I went on vacation with my family last month at Walt Disney World (“Home of the $20 Hamburger”). We stayed at a nice resort, stood in stifling...

5/23/2017

press release Casinos, too, move cars at the end of the month
(Florida) -- Like auto dealers, casinos look to move cars at the end of the month. Many South Florida venues use earning entries to a car giveaway as a means to attract...

5/22/2017

article Florida Supreme Court Bars Slot Machine Expansion in Lee, 7 Other Counties
(Florida) -- The power to expand gambling, including slot machines, belongs exclusively to Florida lawmakers, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled last week,...

5/21/2017

article Florida Gov’t Weekly Roundup: Decisions, Decisions
(Florida) -- The weeks after the legislative session are typically a decision season for the governor, who has to plow through dozens of bills and hundreds of spending...

5/20/2017

article Case for Slots Expansion Bears No Fruit in Florida Supreme Court
(Florida) -- In a unanimous decision, Florida’s Supreme Court has ruled against a statewide expansion of slot machine gambling. To offer more slots in more places...
article High Court Says No To Slot Machines
(Florida) -- In a highly anticipated decision, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday squashed a broad expansion of slot machines in at least eight counties, saying the...
article COTTERELLl: Legislative action on gambling more important than ever
(Florida) -- I will admit to holding a grudge against casino gambling. When my son was about 7, we went out to Reno and he was fascinated by what he called “...
article SMITH: All Aboard the Gambling Gravy Train
(Florida) -- It wasn't their intention, but Florida Supreme Court justices' Gretna decision sure started the engine on the Legislature's 2018 gravy train....

5/19/2017

article Florida Supreme Court Denies Slot Machines Expansion
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that county referendums on whether pari-mutuels can or cannot add slot machines can only be held after state...
article Florida Supreme Court pumps the brakes on slots expansion
(Florida) -- Florida’s state Supreme Court has ruled that pari-mutuel dog and horseracing operators don’t have the right to launch slot machine operations...
article Anti-Gambling Advocate Praises Gretna Ruling
(Florida) -- Anti-gambling forces are claiming a partial victory now that the Florida Supreme Court is blocking slot machines at a Gretna pari-mutuel facility.
article LETTER: Worry Less About Slots, More About Diversity
(Florida) -- Another legislative session has come and gone and once again Gadsden comes up short on being able to offer slot machines. While this is frustrating for our...

5/18/2017

article State Supreme Court rejects massive expansion of slot machines
(Florida) -- In an major defeat for counties that wanted to authorize slot machines by referendum, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that Florida...
article St. Lucie County slot machine referendum invalid under Supreme Court ruling
(Florida) -- A Fort Pierce jai-alai fronton cannot have slot machines under a Thursday Florida Supreme Court ruling, unless the Legislature later allows it.

5/17/2017

article Allen: For Florida to do it right, bid for licenses
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida was noticeably quiet during the state’s legislative session, which ended last week. But Jim Allen, Seminole Hard Rock...
article Supreme Court Holds Cards in Florida Gambling Debate
(Florida) -- What's happening with gambling in Florida is a crapshoot. The Legislature ended the regular session without passing a gambling bill. That creates a...

5/16/2017

article Gambling or Charity? Conflict Over Shut-Down of Electronic Bingo, Which Had Sustained Flagler Cats
(Florida) -- A year ago this week, Bunnell Police Chief Tom Foster, accompanied by two Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, two Bunnell police officers and a...

5/15/2017

article Miami Beach Pushes Back Against Casinos, Approves Two Ordinances to Block Gambling
(Florida) -- Miami Beach is going to make it extremely difficult for a casino to take a foothold in the coastal island city. Late last week in a special meeting, the...
article Miami rejects casino projects
(Florida) -- After long discussions about gaming expansion in Florida, one of the most touristic hubs in the state decided to reject any casino project in the near...

5/13/2017

article No dice: Miami Beach commission moves to ban casinos
(Florida) -- It's no dice for gambling casinos in the tourist mecca of Miami Beach. The city's commission voted unanimously Friday for two preliminary ordinances...
article No gambling for Miami Beach
(Florida) -- As expected, Miami Beach commissioners again made it clear they don’t need or want gambling in their city by voting Friday 6-0 to give preliminary...

5/12/2017

article Political committee seeking to make gambling expansion harder in Fla.
(Florida) -- Media reports are emerging from Florida indicating that a political committee seeking a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to...
article Walt Disney Company Lobbying Against Gaming Expansion in Florida
(Florida) -- The Walt Disney Company has donated $250,000 to lobbying efforts that are working to stop the potential spread of casinos in Florida.

5/11/2017

article Disney donates $250K towards gambling expansion restriction efforts
(Florida) -- Voters in Charge is a group based in the state of Florida that is working to see regulations put in place to make it harder for the state to expand the...
article Miami Beach board moves forward with citywide casino ban
(Florida) -- Ignoring warnings from a Fontainebleau Miami Beach lobbyist that a casino ban could ultimately hurt the city’s tourism business, the Miami Beach...

5/10/2017

article Disney contributed $250K to restrict gambling in Florida
(Florida) -- A political committee spearheading a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in Florida got a boost last month from...
article More fun with summer jai alai permits: Dania looking to sell
(Florida) -- Saying it will be good for “tourism and tax revenue,” a South Florida gambling permitholder is asking state regulators to OK the permit’s...

5/9/2017

article Florida greyhound advocates and racetrack owners remain at bitter odds over the safety of the industry.
(Florida) -- It's a lazy Saturday afternoon at the Melbourne Greyhound Park casino on April 15, the last day of racing for the season. The stands are mostly empty,...
article Miami Beach is setting the pace on gambling for all of us
(Florida) -- For all the right reasons, Miami Beach this week is to vote to keep casinos out of its city limits. The legislation should be passed, and then should become...
article SORTAL: The most dreaded word in Florida? Uncertainty
(Florida) -- The most feared word for Florida operators isn’t “taxes.” It’s not even “competition” or “Seminoles.” It...

5/8/2017

article Florida Fails Again
(Florida) -- After months of work on opposing gambling measures, Florida House and Senate negotiators almost found a compromise but reached a stalemate, and the bill...

5/7/2017

article Slot Machines Kill Gambling Negotiations in Florida Legislature
(Florida) -- Lawmakers have folded on plans to pass a comprehensive gambling overhaul bill this legislative session. But the main reason the effort failed this year was...

5/6/2017

article Folded: Push to expand gambling in Florida fails again
(Florida) -- However, Attorney Barry Richard, a tribe’s counsellor, has told Florida Politics’ Jim Rosica that the Seminoles would “react accordingly...
article Winners and losers from the 2017 legislative session
(Florida) -- No to cannabis and casino legislation. Yes to higher education and environmental remediation funding. Florida’s 2018 legislative session does not...

5/5/2017

article DFS legalisation hopes fade with failure of Florida bill
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers have announced that negotiations for a new gambling law in the state are “dead” for this legislative session. Since it will...

5/4/2017

article Push to expand gambling in Florida folds again
(Florida) -- A bid to bring more casinos and gambling to Florida collapsed yet again this year as state legislators were unable to reach an agreement on a comprehensive...
article Miami Beach City Officials Move to Keep Casinos Off Their Shores
(Florida) -- The city of Miami Beach is taking no chances. Even though Florida legislators failed to pass a bill this week that would have expanded gambling across the...
article Miami Beach sneakily moves to ban casinos
(Florida) -- While everyone was busy watching Florida legislators fail to pass a new gambling law in the past few days, Miami Beach Commissioners sneakily banned casinos...
article Miami Beach: Casino Gambling Not Welcome
(Florida) -- Having already seen the hand of Florida state legislators, Miami Beach Commissioners called a special meeting on Wednesday to shuffle the political deck for...

5/3/2017

article Jackpot? Judge could reconsider 'pre-reveal' slot machine ruling
(Florida) -- A Tallahassee judge has agreed to hear arguments on why he should reconsider his ruling that stand-alone consoles known as “pre-reveal” games...
article Senate adds slot machine provision onto House bill
(Florida) -- The Senate on Wednesday tacked language onto a professional deregulation bill that could lead to the expansion of certain kinds of slot machines. The...
article Casino ban is officially in the works in Miami Beach
(Florida) -- A ban on casinos and any gambling facilities is being fast-tracked through Miami Beach City Hall after the state Legislature considered granting another...
article Local officials voice opposition to any new Miami-Dade County casinos
(Florida) -- As legislators in Florida continue to debate legislation that could expand gambling in the southern state, local officials in the cities of Miami and Miami...
article Miami Beach Commissioners Vote to Ban All Casinos From City
(Florida) -- For now, Tallahassee's headlong rush to allow more casinos in Miami-Dade looks to be dead in the water. But Miami Beach commissioners aren't taking...
article Washington County still may see slots
(Florida) -- The potential for a massive expansion of gambling could be the result of recent court decisions, as well as a looming Florida Supreme Court case. Republican...
article At Magic City Casino, any color could bring some green
(Florida) -- It’s one of Magic City Casino’s more colorful giveaways, and slot players are crowding around the promotions area each weekday afternoon and...
article Dog racing to continue after gambling deal dies
(Florida) -- It was nearly a photo finish, but as Florida’s legislative session draws to its scheduled end on Friday, a push to end a requirement for dog racing at...

5/2/2017

article Gambling deal fails, but local politicians still want to block new casinos
(Florida) -- Despite the death of a new statewide gambling deal in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Miami and Miami Beach officials still want to stymie future gaming expansion....
article Miami questions Florida measures
(Florida) -- As Florida legislators are still debating the upcoming implementation of new casino laws, Miami-Dade county representatives expressed their concerns over a...

5/1/2017

article Ebro opens Saturday for live racing amid speculation
(Florida) -- Ebro Greyhound Park president Stocky Hess quickly admitted Monday he’s been bombarded with questions about the dog track as it prepares to begin its...

4/30/2017

article EDITORIAL: Florida Legislature’s secrecy leaving public in the dark
(Florida) -- As it nears the end of its session the Florida Legislature has had a heck of a ride. One state senator utters horrendous, hurtful words more often spewed in...

4/28/2017

article Florida Legislature Edges Towards Deal on Gambling Reform
(Florida) -- The Florida House and Senate appeared to be a step closer to a deal to reform Florida’s gambling landscape, as the second day of negotiations closed...
article Magic City Casino Owners Want to Build New Casino in Edgewater
(Florida) -- In September 2015, the company that owns Miami's Magic City Casino — West Flagler Associates — tried to apply for a license to open up a new...

4/27/2017

article Florida legislators break gambling plan stalemate
(Florida) -- Florida has moved closer to a gambling deal after members of the House backed off its long-time stance of blocking gambling expansion in the Sunshine State.
article Gambling deal inches closer in Legislature
(Florida) -- The state House and Senate are close to passing the first major gambling legislation since the 2010 agreement with the Seminole tribe, but a few serious...
article NEW: Florida lawmakers move closer to gambling deal
(Florida) -- After years of stalemate, House and Senate leaders appear to be closing in on a deal to revamp Florida’s gambling industry and strike an agreement...
article Florida lawmakers inch closer to gambling deal
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe would not be required to guarantee $3 billion in payments to the state in exchange for adding craps and roulette to the tribe's...
article Editorial: Lawmakers’ rushed deal to expand casinos in Miami is a reckless gamble
(Florida) -- After years of an impasse between the House and Senate on expanding casino in Florida, comes a sudden and unseemly rush to get the job done.

4/26/2017

article Breaking: Florida House moves forward on gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Possibly sensing the end of opportunity after the state’s Supreme Court allowed an anti-casino voter initiative to go forward for the 2018 ballot, the...
article Florida Gambling Expansion Negotiations Underway, House Prepared to Compromise
(Florida) -- Florida has been ranked 41st out of 50 in a new survey on the America’s most “gambling addicted” states, making it one of the “least...
article Florida Legislature Making ‘Substantial’ Push To Get Gambling Deal Completed In Current Session
(Florida) -- In a push to finally get a gambling bill approved during the current legislative session, the Florida House of Representatives made a few major offers...
article Florida Supreme Court ruling could help Senate get gambling deal
(Florida) -- With last Thursday’s Florida Supreme Court decision to allow the anti-casino group, Voters In Charge, to continue gathering the 766,200 signatures...
article House agrees to give Miami new casino, other concessions
(Florida) -- After years of impasse over how to update Florida's gambling laws to reflect the changing times, the Florida House agreed to a series of major...
article House takes giant steps in gambling negotiation
(Florida) -- The Florida House made several major offers Wednesday to get a gambling deal done this session, including authorizing decoupling for dog and horse tracks if...
article Opposition mounts in Miami to new plan for casino
(Florida) -- Armando Codina, one of Miami's most prominent developers, is sounding the alarm about the announcement Wednesday that the Florida House has agreed to a...

4/25/2017

article Florida Supreme Court in favor of anti-casino sponsored amendment requiring voter approval of gambling expansion
(Florida) -- An amendment has been proposed for the constitution of Florida that would see casinos created in the state, only if voters have provided approval. The...

4/24/2017

article Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino accused of failing to pay employees the minimum wage rate
(Florida) -- A former poker dealer alleges a casino failed to pay her a minimum wage. Elizabeth Watson filed a complaint on April 6 in the U.S. District Court for the...
article Justices Approve Felon Rights, Gambling Initiatives
(Florida) -- In a pair of high-profile issues that could go on the ballot next year, the Florida Supreme Court has approved proposed constitutional amendments that would...

4/21/2017

article Florida Gambling Conference Gets Cancelled Due to Supreme Court Gambling Amendments Ruling
(Florida) -- The gambling legislation negotiations between the Florida Senate and House were suddenly postponed after the Florida Supreme Court decided to give the green...
article Gambling deal delayed as court OKs ballot question
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court released a divided advisory opinion Thursday that approves language for a constitutional amendment that would require voter...

4/20/2017

article Court approves felon voting rights, gambling expansion amendments for next year
(Florida) -- In a pair of high-profile issues that could go on the ballot next year, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved proposed constitutional amendments...
article Felon voting rights, casino amendments OK for 2018, says court
(Florida) -- Restoring voting rights for felons and requiring voter approval for new casinos are two amendments that are a step closer to being on the 2018 ballot.
article Florida Voters May Get a Say Over Casino Gambling
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court is signing off on a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voter approval for new casinos.
article Gambling amendment gets court approval as legislators cancel conference
(Florida) -- Following a Florida Supreme Court decision Thursday morning that gave the green light to a proposed constitutional amendment on gambling, negotiations...
article Senate to open negotiations at Thursday gambling conference
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate will open the bidding in negotiations between House and Senate members over new gambling legislation. A conference including six state...

4/19/2017

article Senate to open negotiations at Thursday gambling conference
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate will open the bidding in negotiations between House and Senate members over new gambling legislation. A conference including six state...
article Lottery gambling warnings clear two more committees
(Florida) -- Proposals to require gambling warnings about the Florida Lottery moved closer to the floors of their respective houses Wednesday as committees in both the...

4/18/2017

article Genting wins hotel site from Miami-Dade. Commissioners bet on a casino there.
(Florida) -- Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday endorsed letting Genting build a hotel over a Miami bus stop, with a side debate centered on the assumption that the...

4/17/2017

article First District Court of Appeal reinstates jai alai application for Magic City Casino
(Florida) -- The Florida First District Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court ruling that denied a Miami casino and resort owner's jai alai license for the...

4/11/2017

article Trigaux: Florida's Indian gaming industry rebounds after recession but new competition looms
(Florida) -- Florida's Indian gaming industry is prospering with more than $2.6 billion in casino revenues, growing faster than the state's economy. By size, the...

4/10/2017

article New gaming bill filed by Florida Senator
(Florida) -- The Florida Senator Bill Galvano has filed a new gaming bill on Thursday to calm down the gaming issues that are plaguing his jurisdiction state.

4/9/2017

article Greyhound activists join Florida's gambling fight
(Florida) -- Florida's high-stakes fight over gambling features powerful forces clashing, including the Seminole Tribe, Disney World and 12 wealthy owners of...

4/6/2017

article Florida passes another bill
(Florida) -- Whilst legislators of the State of Florida have compromised to carry out a complete debate on potential gaming regulations, the House has passed its own...

4/5/2017

article Court Ruling Could Boost South Florida Gambling
(Florida) -- In a decision that opens the door for a poker room in downtown Miami — and possibly others throughout South Florida — an appeals court on...
article Strong economy gives people casino spending money
(Florida) -- Business at South Florida casinos has flattened out a bit, similar to what is happening across the country. But some who follow the industry say the...
article Batten: Dog track's survival no sure bet
(Florida) -- At the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, you can place a “box” bet that covers all the permutations of the numbers in a box. For instance, an...
article Bill requiring gambling warnings on lottery tickets gets panel approval
(Florida) -- Lottery tickets, and places that sell them, could come with a warning: “Gambling can be addictive,” under a bill approved Tuesday afternoon by...

4/4/2017

article Court ruling could add to South Florida gambling locations
(Florida) -- In a decision that opens the door for a poker room in downtown Miami — and possibly others throughout South Florida — an appeals court on...
article Court ruling could result in explosion of gambling permits
(Florida) -- An appellate court’s ruling promises to further muddy the legal landscape of gambling in Florida. A 1st District Court of Appeal opinion released...
article Strong economy gives people casino spending money
(Florida) -- Business at South Florida casinos has flattened out a bit, similar to what is happening across the country. But some who follow the industry say the...

4/3/2017

article Florida Senate allows gaming expansion
(Florida) -- Florida is showing first signs of changes in gaming regulations as the Senate passed yesterday the gaming bill that would expand the casino and racing...

4/2/2017

article Black clouds loom over this year’s gambling bills
(Florida) -- It’s long been a Capitol cliché, but there are few pronouncements on a piece of legislation as inauspicious as calling something “a heavy lift....
article New deal: Florida Senate OKs more gambling in state
(Florida) -- Florida could soon become home to more casinos and hundreds of more slot machines under a sweeping gambling bill that was easily passed Thursday by the...

3/31/2017

article Florida Gambling Expansion Bill Clears Full Senate Vote
(Florida) -- The two houses of Florida’s Legislature have inched closer to the time when they will be negotiating a gambling deal after the full Senate passed on...
article Florida Senate Passes Galvano’s Bill; House Version On the Way
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate passed Senator Bill Galvano’s Gaming Bill 8. The House gaming bill is also among the bills that are expected to be passed in a few...
article Florida State bill is all for gambling expansion
(Florida) -- A gambling expansion bill has passed through the Florida Senate with ease, which would make the sunshine state home to an increased number of casinos, slot...
article Long row to hoe to pass Florida gambling bills
(Florida) -- Two gambling bills with repercussions for the racing industry are making their way separately through the Florida legislature, but the vast differences...
article New deal: Florida Senate says yes to more gambling in state
(Florida) -- Florida could soon become home to more casinos and hundreds of more slot machines under a sweeping gambling bill that was easily passed Thursday by the...

3/30/2017

article Florida Legislators Ready to Compromise on Gambling Deal
(Florida) -- Florida’s House and Senate may hold a gaming conference next week to solve the state’s gambling issues, local media reported. The announcement...
article Florida Senate Passes Gambling Expansion Bill, but House Remains Opposed
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate has passed a sweeping gambling expansion bill that would place slot machines at dog and horse racetrack facilities in eight counties...
article Florida Senate Says Yes To More Gambling In State
(Florida) -- There could be a lot more to do in Florida casinos in the not-too-distant future. The Florida Senate is giving a green light to a sweeping bill that would...
article Gambling bills roll through Legislature
(Florida) -- With an eye toward intense negotiations that could take up precious time in a legislative session that is nearly half over, both chambers of the state...

3/29/2017

article Poker dealer alleges Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino failed to pay minimum wage
(Florida) -- A former poker dealer has filed a class-action suit against a casino over allegations of labor law violations. Thomas Dietz filed a complaint on behalf of...
article Florida appeals lottery case loss
(Florida) -- Florida Governor Rick Scott decided to move forward with his decision to appeal a ruling that established that lottery officials in the state didn’t...

3/28/2017

article Florida lottery tickets could soon come with warning label
(Florida) -- Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way. A House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would...

3/23/2017

article House gambling bill gets ok as questions remain
(Florida) -- A key House committee Tuesday approved a gambling measure aimed at creating a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe, though a tribe representative recently...
article New Gambling Bill to Keep Current Status Quo Passes House Committee in Florida
(Florida) -- A new gambling bill aimed at keeping the current gambling status quo in the state of Florida has passed a key House Ways and Means Committee voting, which...

3/22/2017

article Gambling expansion in Florida opposed by voters
(Florida) -- A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research revealed that only eight percent of Florida voters would support the expansion of gambling in the...

3/21/2017

article Economy Looks Good, Which Helps Casinos
(Florida) -- Twenty-five years ago, James Carville coined some famous words for Bill Clinton’s campaign staff: “The economy, stupid.” It’s also...
article New poll finds little support for expanded gambling in Florida
(Florida) -- In Florida, a new poll from the No Casinos In Florida lobby group has reportedly found that some 84% of the southern state’s residents want to reduce...

3/20/2017

article Rise of the (pre-reveal) machines: The coming battle in Florida gambling?
(Florida) -- A recent ruling by a Tallahassee judge could result in Florida being inundated by a slot machine-style entertainment device in bars, arcades and even dog...
article Florida Gambling Expansion Heavily Opposed by Sunshine State Voters, New Poll Finds
(Florida) -- Florida gambling expansion efforts are heavily opposed by likely voters in the Sunshine State, a new poll finds. According to a study performed by Mason-...

3/19/2017

article Florida drops charges in case that shook state’s politics
(Florida) -- Florida is dropping charges against an attorney once accused of being at the center of a $300 million gambling ring that led to the 2013 resignation of Lt....

3/13/2017

article Florida Senate, House Offer Competing Bills
(Florida) -- In late 2015, Florida Governor Rick Scott negotiated a gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida guaranteeing it exclusive rights to offer blackjack...

3/11/2017

article State denies Bestbet request to install 2,000 slots at Jacksonville poker room
(Florida) -- Regulators have denied Bestbet’s request to install 2,000 slot machines at its Jacksonville facility, saying a change is law is required. Duval voters...

3/6/2017

article John Sowinski: Finally, a sensible gambling plan for Florida’s future
(Florida) -- There are two things we can count on in Florida. In any given body of water, eventually the alligators will show up. And in any given meeting of the Florida...
article Florida lawmakers should focus on these 12 issues | Editorial
(Florida) -- With the stream of startling headlines coming out of Washington, D.C., it might be easy for Floridians to overlook Tuesday's opening of the 2017 regular...
article Florida gambling bill spurs debate on ADW regulations
(Florida) -- Language in a Florida gambling bill that would potentially outlaw account wagering in the state is generating discussion among the state’s racing...

3/5/2017

article 2017 Legislative Session preview: Showdown over gambling—again
(Florida) -- With competing legislation now set up in both chambers, the question remains whether lawmakers finally will pass a gambling overhaul or whether the effort...
article Decision time in Florida: Sun, fun and ... nonstop gambling?
(Florida) -- For years, politicians in the Sunshine State have struggled over whether they want to let glitzy Las-Vegas style casinos sprout beside Florida's sugar-...

3/3/2017

article A betting man’s guide to the bills that will rise and fall
(Florida) -- Tallahassee Democrat columnist Bill Cotterell has been watching sessions unfold for more than four and a half decades. In that time he’s developed...

2/27/2017

article House also files short witness list for Lottery trial
(Florida) -- The House of Representatives’ in-house lawyer also plans to call just two witnesses at trial in Speaker Richard Corcoran‘s lawsuit against the...

2/26/2017

article Florida House, Senate at Odds on Gambling Plans
(Florida) -- In opening salvos fired Thursday, lawmakers gave preliminary approval to diametrically opposed proposals that would either vastly expand the state’s...

2/25/2017

article 10 Years Into Racino Business, Challenges From All Sides
(Florida) -- In recent years, many pari-mutuels across the country have converted to racinos. Those in Florida did so in 2004, with the narrowest of limitations. A...

2/24/2017

article Conflicting Florida Gambling Bills Reach Full House and Senate Floors
(Florida) -- Two bills focused on the future of Florida’s gambling industry survived through committee votes on Thursday to now head to the Legislature’s...
article House Rep. Wants Gambling Warning On Fla. Lottery Tix
(Florida) -- The Florida Lottery, facing a lawsuit from the House for signing a long-term contract regarding ticket sales, may be required to have a warning about...

2/23/2017

article Battling gambling bills already in Florida session
(Florida) -- House and Senate leaders passed conflicting gambling bills Thursday that put billions of dollars in future revenue from the Seminole tribe at stake.
article Florida Gambling Bills At Odds with Each Other Enter State Senate and House
(Florida) -- Two Florida gambling bills are making their way through the chambers of the state legislature, but the pieces of legislation contradict each other and have...
article Gaming Expansion in Florida is Opposed by Florida Legislation
(Florida) -- Senator Bill Galvano’s gaming reform package was opposed by Florida legislation. The new gaming expansion bill received undivided backing at the first...
article House and Senate prepare for negotiations
(Florida) -- Florida House and Senate committees on Thursday gave approval to vastly different approaches to the future of gambling in Florida, with the Senate opening...
article House, Senate At Odds On Gambling Plans
(Florida) -- Legalized gambling has become a big part of gaming in the state of Florida. In opening salvos fired Thursday, lawmakers gave preliminary approval to...

2/22/2017

article Senate adds bingo, doping, ADW to its 2017 gambling bill
(Florida) -- The sponsor of the Senate’s 2017 gambling bill has filed a 134-page strike-all amendment, a day before the bill is scheduled to be heard by the...

2/20/2017

article Florida gambling expansion jeopardized by new legislation
(Florida) -- The future of casino and gambling regulation in Florida took an unexpected turn last week after Republican leaders in the Florida House Of Representatives...

2/18/2017

article Florida House Goes Conservative on Gambling Expansion with New Bill
(Florida) -- A gambling-focused bill emerged quietly in the Florida House of Representatives earlier this week.

2/17/2017

article Florida House and Senate on different gambling tracks
(Florida) -- A new House proposal would ban the expansion of slot machines and prohibit wildly popular card games at the state's pari-mutuels, putting the House at...

2/16/2017

article Paul Seago: Decoupling aids gambling
(Florida) -- The Herald-Tribune editorial on Feb. 7, regarding the gambling debate taking place in the Legislature, argues for decoupling at Florida's pari-mutuels...

2/8/2017

article See you Wednesday, Andy Slater
(Florida) -- Longtime sports-radio talk-show host Andy Slater will present his monthly poker tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Isle Casino Racing (777 Isle of Capri...

2/6/2017

article Florida’s ‘Sham’ Continues: ‘Fake’ Horse Racing On Its Way To Hialeah Park
(Florida) -- Tired of hearing about “fake” news? Well, for a change of pace, get ready for some “fake” horse racing at Hialeah Park, a South...

2/3/2017

article Dog deaths spur push to end greyhound racing in Florida
(Florida) -- It was the 15th race of the day at bestbet's Orange Park dog track in November 2016, a 550-yard sprint to the finish by eight greyhounds trained to run...

1/31/2017

article Electronic craps machines at Florida casino accused of ripping players off
(Florida) -- The Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach and a Slovania-based electronic table games manufacturer are both named as defendants in a class-action lawsuit...

1/30/2017

article Florida State Senate Committee Approves Galvano’s Gaming Expansion Bill
(Florida) -- The Florida State Senate Committee has thoroughly reviewed a major gambling expansion bill for the region that would boost the activity in the state. The...

1/28/2017

article Time to resolve impasse on Florida’s gaming battle
(Florida) -- The opening salvo in what promises to ignite debate about expanding gambling across Florida came last week when a pivotal Senate committee approved a...

1/27/2017

article Senate starts moving on gambling overhaul
(Florida) -- With little discussion and virtually no debate, a Senate panel unanimously signed off Wednesday on a sweeping gambling plan proposed by one of the chamber...

1/26/2017

article Proposed Florida casino legislation passes first hurdle
(Florida) -- After being introduced less than two weeks ago, proposed legislation that would expand gambling in Florida and renegotiate the southern state’s...
article Richard Corcoran already vexed by Senate gambling plan
(Florida) -- House Speaker Richard Corcoran is saving the profanities—for now. At a Thursday press availability, Corcoran was asked about comments by a lobbyist...
article Sides Lining Up On Ending Dog Racing, Allowing Slots
(Florida) -- Both sides of the issue gave a House gambling panel dire warnings Thursday as lawmakers consider allowing Florida’s pari-mutuel operators to do away...

1/25/2017

article Failed racetrack deal could bankrupt Floyd County, official warns
(Florida) -- Floyd County officials are worried that the county could be on the hook for more than $2 million over a failed deal between Keeneland and the owners of...

1/22/2017

article Sarasota Kennel Club president is enthusiastic about Sen. Bill Galvano’s gambling proposal
(Florida) -- A sweeping rewrite of Florida’s gaming laws proposed by a Bradenton politician would be a blessing for an area staple. Sarasota Kennel Club Dog Racing...

1/20/2017

article Galvano defends legal work with Fontainebleau owners: 'not an issue'
(Florida) -- The powerful lawmaker who is heading the Senate's gambling negotiations confirmed he has done legal work for the owners of the Fountainbleau Resort, a...
article Florida Gambling Bill Sponsor, State Senator Bill Galvano, Denies Conflict of Interest
(Florida) -- Florida State Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), sponsor of the state’s new comprehensive gambling expansion bill, is under fire over failing to...

1/16/2017

article Victory Casino Cruises relocates Jacksonville-based ship because of 'weather conditions'
(Florida) -- Victory Casino Cruises said it has relocated its Jacksonville-based ship to Cape Canaveral because of intense marine weather conditions. The Jacksonville-...

1/15/2017

article Florida Gets Giant Gambling Reform Bill to Chew On
(Florida) -- An ambitious new gambling bill, SB 8, presented to the Florida Senate this week by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), proposes wide-ranging reforms that...

1/14/2017

article Fla. Gaming Bill Eyes Seminole Deal, Slots, Fantasy Sports
(Florida) -- A comprehensive gaming bill filed Thursday in the Florida state Senate specifies a path to ending litigation and approving a new compact with the Seminole...

1/11/2017

article Senate plans 4-hour hearing on gambling bill coming Thursday
(Florida) -- The Senate’s gambling legislation for 2017 will be filed this Thursday, according to state Sen. Bill Galvano. Bet on a lot of talk about it: The...

12/28/2016

article Florida legislative leaders say they're willing to compromise on expanding gambling
(Florida) -- With a lawsuit pending in the Florida Supreme Court, the House and Senate still disagree on whether to allow slot machines in eight counties where voters...

12/27/2016

article Pompano Casino Offers Controversial Card Game — With State's Blessing
(Florida) -- Three-card poker is one of the games that could cost the state its compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. A judge ruled just last month that such...
article Florida attorney general may be witness in retrial of Jacksonville attorney
(Florida) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is fighting an appellate ruling that threw out the racketeering conviction of Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis in the...

12/26/2016

article Efforts To Decouple Pari-Mutuels From Casinos Expected Again In Florida
(Florida) -- As Florida's legislature prepares to convene in March 2017, the Florida horse industry is braced for another round of efforts by lobbyists to separate...
article Horse racing, pari-mutuel operations face challenges
(Florida) -- "We do expect decoupling to be the biggest challenge for the pari-mutuel industry," said Lonny Powell, CEO and executive vice president of the...

12/23/2016

article Florida Senate president backs allowing voter-approved slots
(Florida) -- Amid a tangle of legal issues, Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday signaled support for allowing slot machines in counties where voters have approved...

12/22/2016

article Florida Senate President supports voter will in county slot referendums
(Florida) -- Although the legal path is not currently clear, Florida‘s Senate President, Joe Negron indicated earlier this week that he is in favor of allowing...

12/20/2016

article Senate president backs allowing voter-approved slot machines
(Florida) -- Amid a tangle of legal issues, Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday signaled support for allowing slot machines in counties where voters have approved...

12/16/2016

article Assessment: Genting’s Takeover Of Gulfstream
(Florida) -- Everyday gamblers likely haven’t seen much of a difference since Genting took over operations of Gulfstream Park casino in Hallandale Beach —...

12/10/2016

article State wants Supreme Court to weigh in on internet cafe case
(Florida) -- Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case involving a prominent Jacksonville lawyer who was charged with...

12/7/2016

article Gambling giant Genting finally gets to run a South Florida casino
(Florida) -- Unable to gain a foothold in Miami, gambling giant Genting Malaysia Berhad has done the next best thing: They’ve made a deal to running a casino on...

11/25/2016

article Mitchell: Slots referendum alone isn’t enough for Jacksonville to get its casino
(Florida) -- Voters in Duval and St. Lucie counties both overwhelmingly approved slots machine referendums in November. But whether bestbet Jacksonville and Fort Pierce...

11/17/2016

article South Florida casinos announce Thanksgiving hours
(Florida) -- Several casinos are extending hours for Thanksgiving. Both Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com...

11/11/2016

article Poker again reigns supreme over racing events
(Florida) -- It was in the cards — again. For the 10th time in the past 11 years, poker rooms in Florida continued their tremendous growth while wagering at...
article Florida EHV: Gulfstream Park Horse Dead, Others Quarantined
(Florida) -- Florida animal health authorities placed horses at Gulfstream Park under quarantine on Nov. 9 after one horse died of clinical signs related to equine...

11/9/2016

article Duval County voters pass slot machine referendum
(Florida) -- Voters in Duval County have approved for slot machines. The referendum still must be approved at the state level based on Florida’s gaming rules.

11/8/2016

article Duval voters approve slot machines, but Florida Supreme Court must still decide
(Florida) -- Duval County voters approved a referendum that opens the door for an Arlington poker room to operate slot machines – but only if the Florida Supreme...
article OK gambling if court OKs
(Florida) -- Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to legalize the medical use of marijuana and rejected a controversial utility-funded solar...

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