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Florida Legislature Introduces Two Competing Gambling Bills, More Stalemate Expected

The Florida Legislature has been trying to determine its gambling future since the powerful Seminole Tribe’s compact expired in 2015. Two new legislative proposals that seek two entirely different goals might suggest that a conclusion will not be reached anytime soon.

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9/18/2018

article Victims injured in Pasco casino boat fire hope to reach settlement
(Florida) -- Robert Boose still has pain in his left heel. An injury that never completely healed after he jumped for his life off the Tropical Breeze Casino boat when...

9/17/2018

article Guest Opinion: Expansion of Gambling a Bad Bet for Florida
(Florida) -- When the current State Constitution was adopted the only gambling that was approved by the citizens of Florida were pari-mutuels — dog tracks, horse...

9/16/2018

article Deputies: Gambling business manager shoots and kills nephew, who was called to calm him down
(Florida) -- A manager at a gambling establishment shot and killed his nephew Saturday after a coworker called the victim to calm his uncle down, Hernando deputies...

9/15/2018

article West Flager Associates wants a gambling venue in Edgewater, but the city wants
(Florida) -- Miami officials moved closer to preventing owners of Magic City Casino from opening an Edgewater gambling venue that would include a jai alai court and...

9/14/2018

article Casinos and pari-mutuels team up to fight gambling amendment backed by Seminoles and Disney
(Florida) -- Faced with a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, the gambling industry early this month put another $...
article Judge dismisses horse group’s challenge of Calder gambling permit
(Florida) -- A Tallahassee administrative law judge has booted a Florida horsemen’s group challenge of a South Florida track’s gambling permit. The reason:...
article Miami moves to regulate gambling, likely derailing Magic City’s Edgewater poker room
(Florida) -- A plan for a poker room and jai alai fronton in Edgewater may be hitting a snag after Miami commissioners moved to regulate gambling in the city — a...

9/13/2018

article Do We Really Need All These Amendments To Florida’s Constitution?
(Florida) -- As part of the 2018 midterm elections, Floridians will be asked to vote on thirteen amendments to the state’s constitution. Thirteen seems a lot, but...

9/12/2018

article Carey Theil: Dog racers gaslight while greyhounds continue to die
(Florida) -- In light of a recent industry guest column regarding state gambling data, voters should ask themselves whether they can believe anything the greyhound...

9/9/2018

article Destin Council approves gambling ban
(Florida) -- The City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that prohibits most types of gambling in the city. The ban took effect last Wednesday, immediately...

9/7/2018

article Off to the races: Supreme Court clears dog racing-ban for ballot
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ordered a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban betting on live greyhound racing back on the ballot,...

9/5/2018

article Florida Administrative Court Judge Allows Calder Race Course to Keep Slot-Machine Operating
(Florida) -- Yesterday, an administrative law judge ruled against thoroughbred trainers and breeders by supporting the decision of Florida gambling regulators, under...

9/4/2018

article Judge rejects challenge to racetrack slots license
(Florida) -- Ruling against thoroughbred breeders and trainers, an administrative law judge Tuesday backed up a decision by Florida gambling regulators to allow Calder...
article 10 Casinos You Can Gamble at in South Florida
(Florida) -- Seminole Coconut Creek Casino is South Florida slots players’ best spot for Class III or Vegas-style slot machines. Now the operation has 1500 Las...

9/3/2018

article Florida voters support casino amendment
(Florida) -- Approximately 71% of Florida voters would support Amendment 3, which would require voter approval of casino gambling decisions, according to a new poll. The...

9/2/2018

article Florida court of appeal upholds ruling that Blue Sky Games are slot machines
(Florida) -- The Florida First District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that two games of chance installed by Gator Coin at adult businesses are indeed slot...
article Poll Shows Florida Voters Want Gaming Control, Gubernatorial Candidates Mixed on Casino Amendment
(Florida) -- A new poll shows that Florida voters overwhelmingly support stripping the state legislature of its power to dictate the future gaming industry. Voters in...

9/1/2018

article Corporations, interest groups spend fortunes on ballot measures
(Florida) -- Some of the most expensive campaigns this fall will be waged between the wealthiest corporations and best-funded interest groups in America, as those groups...

8/31/2018

article Floridians favour voter approval for casino gambling decisions
(Florida) -- Florida’s politicians could be set to require voter approval of casino gambling decisions after a new poll suggests 71% of residents are in favour of...
article Florida Court Says ‘Pre-Reveal’ Games Are Illegal Slot Machines
(Florida) -- Siding with state regulators, an appeals court Thursday ruled that controversial electronic games played in bars and other establishments are illegal slot...

8/30/2018

article 71% of Florida Voters Support Amendment 3 Voter Control of Gambling Amendment unites Floridians
(Florida) -- A new poll shows that 71 percent of likely Florida voters support Amendment 3, which would require voter approval of casino gambling decisions. Only 18...
article New polling shows most Floridians want veto power over gambling expansion
(Florida) -- A Florida constitutional amendment giving voters the final say over any gambling expansion in the state is running far ahead of the 60 percent threshold...
article Court says 'pre-reveal' games are illegal slot machines
(Florida) -- Siding with state regulators, an appeals court Thursday ruled that controversial electronic games played in bars and other establishments are illegal slot...
article Court says ‘pre-reveal’ games that play like slots are illegal
(Florida) -- If a video game looks, plays and pays out like a slot machine, it’s a slot machine — even if you know whether you’re going to win or lose...
article Churchill Downs Inc. seeks to drop racing for jai alai at Calder
(Florida) -- Churchill Downs Inc. has asked Florida gambling regulators to determine how many jai alai performances it would need to conduct in order to retain its...

8/29/2018

article High court hears argument on dog racing ban
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court will now consider whether general election voters will get to see a constitutional amendment ending live greyhound racing.

8/28/2018

article Gambling opposition group spends $15 million on ads
(Florida) -- A political committee leading a drive to pass a ballot proposal that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida spent $15 million on advertising...
article What is the Gambling Control Amendment and How Will It Work In Florida?
(Florida) -- Of interest to Nova Scotia snowbirds who go South to gamble is a new amendment in the gambling regulation of the state of Florida that aims to control the...
article A Casino is Approved in Edgewater. All Heck is About to Break Loose.
(Florida) -- A new casino license has just been granted to the operators of Magic City Casino to bring a jai-alai fronton and poker room to Edgewater, on 30th Street and...

8/27/2018

article FTBOA statement on Churchill Down's attempt to abandon live thoroughbred racing in Florida
(Florida) -- On Aug. 23, the leading representatives of Florida’s Thoroughbred industry -- the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (...
press release FTBOA statement on Churchill Down's attempt to abandon live thoroughbred racing in Florida
(Florida) -- On Aug. 23, the leading representatives of Florida’s Thoroughbred industry -- the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (...

8/24/2018

article Money flows to fight gambling amendment
(Florida) -- Gambling interests have sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to political committees that are expected to fight a proposed constitutional amendment on the...
article Churchill Downs Inc. Hopes to End Racing at Calder
(Florida) -- Florida industry groups have lined up to oppose a plan by Churchill Downs Inc. to end Thoroughbred racing at its Calder property, a move that could cost...

8/19/2018

article In Florida, a fight over dog racing pits a waning generation of gamblers and trainers against animal rights advocates
(Florida) -- The greyhound race has followed the same pattern for almost a century. With a metallic screech the lure sets off, and eight dogs burst onto the track in...

8/17/2018

article Committee raises $1.25M to fight Florida gambling measure
(Florida) -- A political committee formed last month has raised $1.25 million to help fight a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand...
article Disney Spends $15 Million to Keep Casinos Away from Walt Disney World
(Florida) -- The Walt Disney Company and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have teamed up in support of an anti-casino initiative, Amendment 3. This bill would only allow...
article Load up: Committee raises bank to fight gambling measure
(Florida) -- A political committee formed last month raised $1.25 million to help fight a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling...

8/14/2018

article Disney continues to dump millions into anti-gambling measure in Florida
(Florida) -- Mickey Mouse doesn’t want Floridians to gamble. At least, that is the takeaway from reports that Disney Worldwide Services continues to dump money...
article It's a good bet dog racing may end
(Florida) -- The greyhound race has followed the same pattern for almost a century. With a metallic screech the lure sets off, and eight dogs burst onto the track in...
article It's a good bet dog racing may end
(Florida) -- The greyhound race has followed the same pattern for almost a century. With a metallic screech the lure sets off, and eight dogs burst onto the track in...

8/13/2018

article Commentary: High court must keep amendment to end dog racing on November ballot
(Florida) -- The inevitable end to greyhound racing took a strange detour on Aug. 1 when Second Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled that Floridians should not be allowed...
article Disney, Seminoles sink another $10 million into gambling fight
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida continue upping the ante as they try to pass a constitutional amendment that could make it...

8/11/2018

article Casino stakes anti-Amendment 3 group with $525K
(Florida) -- The political committee fighting against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit gambling expansion brought in $525,000 from the parent company of...

8/10/2018

article Disney, Seminole Tribe sink $10 million into gambling fight
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida continue upping the ante as they try to pass a constitutional amendment that could make it...

8/8/2018

article Group backing gambling amendment plans $30M ad buy
(Florida) -- The political committee behind a proposed constitutional amendment limiting gambling plans a $30 million ad buy to promote the measure’s passage.

8/7/2018

article Florida Supreme Court to weigh in on greyhound racing ban
(Florida) -- Florida’s Supreme Court will decide the fate of a dog-racing amendment that is supposed to be on this year’s ballot. On Tuesday, the state...

8/5/2018

article Judge tosses greyhound ban from the ballot, proponents say they'll appeal
(Florida) -- A proposed constitutional amendment intended to end dog racing in Florida was thrown off the November ballot by a Tallahassee judge Wednesday, as supporters...

8/4/2018

article 13 constitutional amendments on Florida ballot in November
(Florida) -- Floridians have bypassed their elected lawmakers more than dozens of times in the past half-century last decade, using a vote of the people to legalize...

8/3/2018

article Lara Trump, president’s daughter-in-law, joins fight for dog-racing ban
(Florida) -- Lara Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, is joining Attorney General Pam Bondi for a fundraiser to benefit the campaign to pass a proposed...

8/1/2018

article Judge strikes down dog-racing ban, calling it ‘outright trickeration’
(Florida) -- Saying it “hide(s) the ball” and calling it “outright ‘trickeration,’ ” a Tallahassee judge has ruled that a...

7/26/2018

article Gambling in Miami? Not so fast. Potential jai alai in Edgewater may prompt new zoning rules
(Florida) -- In response to a controversial proposal by the owners of Magic City Casino to open a jai alai fronton and poker room in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood...
article Miami moves to regulate gambling. It could stymie Magic City’s Edgewater poker room.
(Florida) -- Miami commissioners have moved to regulate gambling in the city through its zoning laws — a measure that could make it more difficult for the Magic...

7/20/2018

article Florida Gambling Changes Could Include More Poker
(Florida) -- Live poker is already prevalent in Florida. The Seminole Tribe of Florida has a compact with the state, and several of its casinos offer sizeable poker...
article New political groups emerge to block Florida gambling-control amendment
(Florida) -- Gambling-backed political groups have emerged recently in Florida with one simple goal—to block a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring...

7/19/2018

article Appeal court ponders whether popular bar games are slots
(Florida) -- In a legal dispute that’s dragged on for more than three years and has eluded a legislative remedy, an appellate court is grappling with whether...
article Florida Gaming Advocates Work To Oppose Gambling Amendment
(Florida) -- Opponents are lining up against a proposal that would effectively handicap Florida gambling expansion. Two political committees have registered to lobby...

7/18/2018

article Second group forms to fight gambling amendment
(Florida) -- A second political committee has registered to oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring voter approval of new gambling. Citizens for the...

7/14/2018

article New group enters debate over greyhound-racing ban
(Florida) -- Greyhound Adopters for Racing, a new non-profit group, says it has “formed to share its unique perspective on racing greyhounds.” “Racing...

7/13/2018

article New committee forms to fight gambling-control amendment
(Florida) -- A new political committee called “Vote NO on 3” has registered to oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring voter approval of...

7/11/2018

article A Trendy Miami Neighborhood Is Getting ... Jai Alai?
(Florida) -- Miami's trendy, and largely residential, Edgewater neighborhood could soon be home to a new gambling facility with poker and jai alai. Operators of...
article Magic City Casino’s Proposed Poker Room Has Not Been Welcomed In Miami
(Florida) -- Local business luminaries and residents of Miami’s burgeoning Edgewater district are losing their minds over plans by the Magic City Casino to build a...

7/9/2018

article A casino in Miami’s urban core? Hell, no!
(Florida) -- Re the approval of a jai alai/casino on 30th street and Biscayne Boulevard: As a long-time urban planner and developer in Miami, I want to express my...
article Jai alai and poker site in downtown Miami approved by state
(Florida) -- South Florida gamblers may soon have another option for poker and jai alai games in downtown Miami. A recently approved gambling facility slated for Miami...

7/7/2018

article Florida Regulators Issue Permit for New Jai Alai Casino in Downtown Miami
(Florida) -- Miami residents may soon get to enjoy a new casino, though it won’t have all the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas resort. The Florida Department of...

7/6/2018

article Florida to vote on future gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Voters in the US state of Florida will decide in November whether to take future decisions on gambling expansion in the state from the legislature.
article Florida’s Voters Could Get To Decide On Gambling Market’s Future
(Florida) -- A potential change in state law can put the fate of Florida's gambling market into the hands of the state's voters. A recent amendment proposal has...
article Magic City Casino owners win state approval for Edgewater casino and jai-alai
(Florida) -- After winning a long legal battle with the state, the owners of Magic City Casino can move forward with their plans to build a casino in Miami’s...
article Poker Room And Jai Alai Coming To Home Of Miami Non-Profits
(Florida) -- Today, the building is home to a laundry list of non-profit groups working to make Miami a better city. But within two years time, hordes of people could be...

7/5/2018

article Florida Sports Betting Could Be Curtailed By Amendment
(Florida) -- Florida Amendment 3, a ballot initiative on gambling, is presented as a way for greater citizen input on gambling expansion. In reality, it’s a ploy...
article New gambling facility for jai-alai and poker gets state approval to open in Edgewater
(Florida) -- A new gambling facility near downtown Miami won approval to move forward from a state agency Tuesday, which could bring another poker and jai-alai option...

7/4/2018

article Florida Voters Gain Control of Casino Gambling Initiative
(Florida) -- The future of Florida’s gambling industry may be put into the hands of the public following a constitutional amendment proposal, aimed at giving...
article Florida: residents may get vote on casino expansion
(Florida) -- Florida’s residents may get a vote on whether to authorise more casino gambling under a constitutional amendment proposal that would wrestle power...
article A New Casino With Jai Alai Has Just Been Approved By The State To Be Built In Downtown Miami
(Florida) -- State regulators have approved the development of a new casino in the Edgewater neighborhood, just north of downtown Miami, the website Florida Politics...

7/3/2018

article Jackpot: New casino permitted for downtown Miami
(Florida) -- Downtown Miami is getting a brand new casino. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which regulates gambling in the state, late Tuesday...

6/29/2018

article Lawsuit over dog-racing ban heads to court
(Florida) -- A group that supports a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit betting on greyhound racing won’t be allowed to enter a case against the ban, a...
article Carole Fernandez: League backs four of 13 amendments on ballot
(Florida) -- The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization. We do not support or oppose political candidates, but we do take positions on some issues. The...

6/18/2018

article AMENDMENT 3: Explaining 13 constitutional amendments on Florida’s ballot
(Florida) -- When Floridians head to the ballot box in November, they will encounter a list of candidates asking for their vote for seats in the state House to the U.S....

6/14/2018

article Here are the 13 constitutional amendments on Florida's 2018 ballot and what they do
(Florida) -- When Floridians head to the ballot box in November, they will encounter a list of candidates asking for their vote for seats in the state House to the U.S....

6/13/2018

article Gambling amendment has enough support to pass, poll shows
(Florida) -- Only four of the 13 state constitutional amendments on the November ballot have enough voter support to be enacted, according to a poll from the Florida...

6/7/2018

article Don't expect Florida to approve sports betting anytime soon
(Florida) -- Jaquan Cathey is looking forward to a busy, and hopefully, lucrative fall. "This upcoming football season, I plan on betting $500-$1000 a week gambling...

6/6/2018

article Batten: Dog fight begins between groups over racing, Amendment 13
(Florida) -- The contest over Florida’s Amendment 13 is shaping up to be quite a horse race. Which is interesting, since it’s all about dog racing. Political...

5/29/2018

article Supreme Court ruling on sports gambling could raise stakes for amendment vote in Florida
(Florida) -- A constitutional amendment centered on casino gambling was already scheduled for the Nov. 6 ballot in Florida when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sports...

5/27/2018

article Calder Race Track, horse breeders battle over slots license
(Florida) -- Thoroughbred breeders and trainers are accusing gambling regulators of erring when they allowed Calder Race Course to keep its lucrative slot-machine...

5/26/2018

article Florida Won’t Be One Of The First States To Cash In On Sports Betting
(Florida) -- There are times that it seems that nothing comes easy in the state of Florida and once again we see there could be a problem. As states around the country...

5/25/2018

article Florida’s Odds For Legal Sports Betting? It’s A Toss-Up
(Florida) -- To the rest of the country, Florida often seems to march to the beat of its own drummer. Yes, things admittedly do tend to stray from the norm in the...

5/22/2018

article Calder Race Track, horse breeders battle over slots license
(Florida) -- Thoroughbred breeders and trainers are accusing gambling regulators of erring when they allowed Calder Race Course to keep its lucrative slot-machine...

5/16/2018

article Batten: Dog track owners aren't betting on sports book to be its salvation
(Florida) -- At the risk of eliciting groans, don’t bet on legalized sports gambling coming to the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, or anywhere else in the state...

5/15/2018

article Disney and Seminole Tribe Continue Funding Florida Anti-Gambling Expansion Group
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services, a lobbying arm of the mass media and entertainment conglomerate, gave an additional $5 million last month to a nonprofit that...
article Editorial: Voters should decide whether legal sports betting comes to Florida
(Florida) -- It’s a safe bet Florida will get caught up in the frenzy to legalize wagering on sports following the U.S. Supreme Court opinion this week that lifted...
article Spin ’em: Jacksonville race track appeals slot machine denial
(Florida) -- In another gambling case that could reach the state Supreme Court, a Jacksonville casino is appealing the state’s ending of its quest for a slot...

5/14/2018

article Disney And Seminole Using Financial Fire Power To Slow Gambling In FL
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services and the Seminole Tribe of Florida paid $5 million each last month in support of the proposed amendment to slow down gambling...

5/11/2018

article Disney and Seminoles Invest Further $10 Million in Florida Anti-Gambling Expansion Campaign
(Florida) -- The group which has been backing a constitutional gambling amendment in the state of Florida has once again received serious financial boost from Disney...

5/10/2018

article Disney, Seminole tribe donate $5 million each to anti-gambling amendment
(Florida) -- A group pushing a constitutional amendment on gambling is getting a significant additional boost from Disney and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Newly filed...
article Disney, Seminoles sink $10M into gambling issue
(Florida) -- In a major escalation of their support, Disney Worldwide Services and the Seminole Tribe of Florida each plowed $5 million last month into a proposed...
article Seminoles Claim Exclusive Right to Banked Poker Games
(Florida) -- Poker is at the center of a long-running feud between pari-mutuel wagering facilities and the Seminole Tribe in Florida. And a newly-proposed rule could...

5/1/2018

article Jeffrey Soffer closes deal to buy South Florida’s Mardi Gras Casino
(Florida) -- Real estate billionaire Jeffrey Soffer has closed on a deal to buy South Florida’s former Mardi Gras Casino and Race Track. The closing was disclosed...

4/29/2018

article Mixed-use development to unfold around Pompano Beach casino and racetrack
(Florida) -- The Cordish Companies formed a joint venture with Eldorado Resorts Inc., owner of Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, to build a mixed-use development around...

4/28/2018

article Batten: Bonita dog track VP now turns focus to voters' say on gambling
(Florida) -- Considering that nothing happened, there’s a lot going on in Izzy Havenick’s world. Havenick, the vice president for government relations at...
article No news is still news for owners of the Bonita dog track
(Florida) -- Considering that nothing happened, there’s a lot going on in Izzy Havenick’s world. Havenick, the vice president for government relations at...

4/27/2018

article Cordish Cos. teams with Eldorado Resorts for South Florida entertainment district
(Florida) -- Baltimore's Cordish Cos. continues its push into the Florida market with a plan to partner in a 223-acre mixed-use entertainment resort just north of...
article Cordish Cos. to help develop entertainment complex at Florida casino and racetrack
(Florida) -- The Cordish Companies, a prominent Baltimore developer, announced plans Friday to partner with a Nevada-based casino and entertainment company to build an...
article Entertainment complex planned at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park
(Florida) -- The Cordish Cos., a prominent Baltimore developer, announced plans Friday to partner with a Nevada-based casino and entertainment company to build a mixed-...

4/26/2018

article Florida Lawmakers Abandon Special Session on Gambling Expansion
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers have abandoned the idea of a convening a special session to craft a deal on expanded gambling and will instead leave it all in the hands...
article Florida Lawmakers Abandon Special Session on Gambling Expansion
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers have abandoned the idea of a convening a special session to craft a deal on expanded gambling and will instead leave it all in the hands...
article Surprise, surprise: Florida lawmakers shelve gambling special session
(Florida) -- A special session to rewrite Florida’s gambling laws is now off the cards.The Miami Herald reported that Florida lawmakers have decided to give the...

4/25/2018

article BLOG: First Shot
(Florida) -- There was no joy in the halls of the Capitol — or on Adams Street — as efforts to call a Special Session on gaming died Wednesday. Sources told...
article Florida legislators can't agree, will let voters decide who can OK more gambling
(Florida) -- Florida legislators are going to leave the question of whether to expand gambling up to voters in November. After weeks of backroom diplomacy, legislative...
article Folded: Florida legislators say no deal on special session
(Florida) -- Florida legislators have failed yet again to reach a long-sought-after agreement on gambling. Senate President Joe Negron announced Wednesday legislators...
article Legislative leaders fold on gambling talks
(Florida) -- After weeks of discussions between two powerful legislators, the possibility of a special session focused on perennially elusive gambling issues came to an...
article No dice: Lawmakers fail to reach deal for gambling special session
(Florida) -- After weeks of behind the scenes talks, state lawmakers have decided not to hold a special session to rewrite gambling laws. Senate President Joe Negron...
article No Florida gaming special session in ‘18
(Florida) -- When the Florida Legislature adjourned in March without securing a gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe, it was a good bet lawmakers would return to...

4/23/2018

article Disney invests $4.65M in anti-gambling amendment in Florida
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., a Walt Disney Company subsidiary, with an additional $105,000 provided last month, has now contributed at least $4.655...
article Governor Rick Scott agrees Seminole Tribe of Florida gambling deal
(Florida) -- The Republican Governor for Florida, Rick Scott (pictured), has reportedly agreed a deal that would continue to give the Seminole Tribe of Florida the...

4/22/2018

article Florida's Gambling Issues Might Be Settled in Special Session
(Florida) -- Gambling in North America has always been somewhat a controversial subject, especially within the United States. Many states seem to be in a perennial back...
article GUEST COLUMN: Greyhound racing a cruel, deadly game
(Florida) -- In a recent letter to the editor a reader expressed distress that “busy bodies” want to ban dog racing in Florida. If this happens, in his view...
article GUEST COLUMN: Let voters roll the dice on gambling
(Florida) -- “They’ll never see any of my money ever again. Why bother?” This threat, from an unidentified pari-mutuel owner, quoted in a story on...

4/20/2018

article Weekly Roundup: First, Do No Harm
(Florida) -- Debates can’t usually help, but they can kill. That’s according to Florida Atlantic University political-science professor Kevin Wagner, who...

4/17/2018

article Disney's anti-gambling contributions in Florida continue to build
(Florida) -- Chipping in another $105,000 last month, Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. has contributed at least $4.655 million to try to pass a constitutional amendment...

4/14/2018

article Florida Legislators Negotiate Special Session in Last-Ditch Effort to Settle Gambling Issues
(Florida) -- There is still no agreement or recommendations for a special legislative session in Florida, incoming Senate President Bill Galvano told local media on...

4/13/2018

article Galvano: No deal on Special Session for gambling
(Florida) -- Senate President-designate Bill Galvano on Friday said there was no “agreement (on) or recommendations” for a Special Legislative Session on...
article Special Session gambling proposal sent to top Florida lawmakers
(Florida) -- Top Florida lawmakers are considering details of a gambling deal that could potentially pave the way for an agreement with the Seminole Tribe and a rare...

4/7/2018

article Internet cafes crop up in St. Augustine
(Florida) -- Several internet cafes or adult-gaming facilities have opened up shop in the city of St. Augustine, raising concerns among some in public office and law...

4/6/2018

article EDITORIAL: Don't gamble on special session
(Florida) -- Just a month after bringing down the curtain on their annual session in Tallahassee, leaders in the Florida Legislature are threatening an encore. But the...
article Whether to ban greyhound racing in Florida may soon be up to voters
(Florida) -- Greyhound racing, that throwback to Florida’s days of early-bird dinners, cocaine cowboys and Coppertone tans, has been in decline for decades....

4/5/2018

article Florida lawmakers to meet next month to formulate gambling legislation
(Florida) -- Florida legislators will meet over the next month to formulate a legislation regarding gambling industry in the state. The state’s current gambling...
article Florida Legislature may convene special session to adopt Seminole gaming pact
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers had three years of “forbearance” to renegotiate a lapsed gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe, but sharp divisions between...
article Gambling lobbyist to No Casinos head: You’re a ‘bully’
(Florida) -- Gambling lobbyist Marc Dunbar is telling anti-gambling activist John Sowinski to lay his cards on the table. In an open letter released Thursday, Dunbar...

4/4/2018

article Jai alai set to debut at Magic City Casino
(Florida) -- In August, I reported that Magic City Casino had received state regulators’ approval to trade its greyhound racing for jai alai. But Magic City shared...
article Jai alai set to debut at Magic City Casino
(Florida) -- In August, I reported that Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) had received state regulators’ approval to...

4/3/2018

article Florida Legislature Special Session a ‘Genuflection to the Gambling Industry,’ Says Anti-Casino Group
(Florida) -- Influential Florida anti-gambling group NoCasinos has claimed the state legislature’s call for a special session to address gambling issues is “...
article Gambling still on the table for Florida lawmakers
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers, perennially unable to agree on gambling legislation, may roll the dice again. A special session of the Florida Legislature is possible....
article Lawmakers eye April 23 for possible special session on gambling
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are zeroing in on April 23 for the possible start date of a special legislative session to overhaul gambling policy. State Sen. Bill...
article NoCasinos.org Letter Regarding Florida House Special Session
(Florida) -- Dear Speaker Corcoran and President Negron: I have recently read press reports that there is discussion of holding a special session on the issue of...
article Seminole Tribe joins forces with Disney in bid to limit new casinos
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe and The Walt Disney Company have joined forces in an attempt to limit the expansion of gaming in Florida. The two entertainment giants...

4/2/2018

article Florida lawmakers hope to resurrect dead gambling bill in special session
(Florida) -- On Easter Sunday, Florida lawmakers hatched a plan to bring dead gambling legislation back to life. Florida lawmakers plan to resurrect dead gambling bill...
article Florida legislators may hold a special session in April over the long sought-after gambling agreement with the Seminole tribes
(Florida) -- The Florida legislators anticipates to hold a special session in April if the top Republicans can reach in one accord an agreement on gambling which has...
article No Casinos on Special Session for gambling: Don’t do it
(Florida) -- The head of a group that opposes casino gambling in Florida is telling lawmakers to take a pass on a Special Session for unresolved gambling issues.

3/31/2018

article FL lawmakers to consider holding special session on gambling
(Florida) -- The future of gambling in Florida may force lawmakers to return to Tallahassee for a special session next month. The state's current gambling deal with...
article Special session to pass gambling reform in the works
(Florida) -- Lawmakers may be returning to Tallahassee sooner rather than later. The issue is gaming. Legislative leaders have confirmed a special session is in the...

3/30/2018

article Florida Lawmakers Mulling Special Session to Address Gambling
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are considering reconvening in the state capital of Tallahassee for a special session to discuss casinos and parimutuel gambling, and who...
article Florida lawmakers talk gambling; special session possible
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers, perennially unable to agree on gambling legislation, may roll the dice again. A special session of the Florida Legislature is possible....
article Florida legislators: Can we make a deal on gambling?
(Florida) -- Florida legislators may hold a special session in April if top Republicans can reach a long sought-after agreement on gambling. House Speaker Richard...
article Legislature may reconvene. $300 million is at risk and Seminole Tribe holds the cards.
(Florida) -- When Florida legislators adjourned the annual session three weeks ago without a new gaming deal with the Seminole Tribe, they left open the prospect they...
article Special Session in the Works to Address Gambling
(Florida) -- Lawmakers may be returning to Tallahassee sooner than later. The issue… Gaming. Legislative leaders have confirmed a $60,000-a-day special session is...

3/29/2018

article Florida Legislators: Can We Make a Deal on Gambling?
(Florida) -- Florida legislators may hold a special session in April if top Republicans can reach a long sought-after agreement on gambling. House Speaker Richard...
article Legislative leaders ponder Special Session on gambling
(Florida) -- Top men in the Legislature are considering a Special Session to tackle unresolved gambling issues from the 2018 Regular Session, including renewal of a deal...
article Talks could lead to special gaming session
(Florida) -- After failing to reach consensus on gambling issues during the regular legislative session that ended this month, House and Senate leaders are considering a...

3/28/2018

article Florida Derby to run Saturday at Gulfstream Park
(Florida) -- The 67th Florida Derby, with a $1 million purse, will take place on Saturday, March 31, at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway,...

3/25/2018

article Powerful Florida panel may ask voters to make big changes
(Florida) -- A powerful panel of Floridians that meets every 20 years is about to decide whether a ban on oil drilling, term limits for school board members and nearly...

3/20/2018

article Seminoles, Disney support Fla. amendment
(Florida) -- Voters in Charge, the Florida political committee behind the Voter Control of Gambling amendment set to appear on the November ballot, received $700,000 in...
article Greyhound racing ban inches closer to ballot
(Florida) -- A proposed constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in the state is one step closer to securing a place on the November ballot.

3/17/2018

article Florida Legislature Closes Door to Expansion of Gambling for at Least the Remainder of 2018
(Florida) -- With a referendum regarding gambling in the state being held during the 2018 midterm elections, the Florida Legislature had a final shot to make any moves...

3/16/2018

article Florida voters may get control over future changes to state gambling laws
(Florida) -- Despite early optimism for the passage of gaming reform in the state, lawmakers ultimately folded on the last day of their annual session. The failure means...

3/13/2018

article Disney and Seminole Tribe Pour $700,000 into Florida Casino Amendment Initiative in February
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Disney Worldwide Services, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, contributed collectively the amount of $700,000 in...
article Florida lawmakers pull the plug (again) on gambling bill
(Florida) -- The bills that would have paved the way for gambling expansion in the state of Florida died on Friday after a long bout with legislative impasse. The bills...

3/12/2018

article Florida Gambling Legislation Dead for 2018, Power Might Soon Be Delivered to the People
(Florida) -- Florida gambling legislation is once again being shelved after Sunshine State lawmakers failed to come to new terms with the Seminole Tribe. Hundreds of...
article Gambling bill talks collapse, leaving Florida without a gaming pact with Seminoles
(Florida) -- While lawmakers are expected to return to the capital Sunday to adopt a new budget, any hopes of forging an agreement on a gambling appear dead for now.
article Tribe, Disney ante up for gambling amendment
(Florida) -- Gearing up for the November election, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. contributed $700,000 in February to a proposed...

3/11/2018

article Lawmakers: Florida gambling bill dead for 2018 session
(Florida) -- Despite the looming threat of a constitutional amendment and a potential $300 million annual hit to state coffers, Florida lawmakers abandoned an effort to...

3/10/2018

article Florida Lawmakers Fail To Pass New Gambling Legislation
(Florida) -- With time running out on the 2018 legislative session, Florida's Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran issued a statement late...

3/9/2018

article Folded: Gambling legislation dies yet again in Florida
(Florida) -- Florida legislators are failing yet again to reach an agreement on a comprehensive gambling bill. Legislative leaders announced late Friday that the House...
article House, Senate throw in towel on gambling talks
(Florida) -- Despite the looming threat of a constitutional amendment and a potential $300 million annual hit to state coffers, Florida lawmakers abandoned an effort to...
article Negron, Corcoran: Florida gambling bill dead for session
(Florida) -- Despite the looming threat of a constitutional amendment and a potential $300 million annual hit to state coffers, Florida lawmakers abandoned an effort to...
article Snake eyes: Gambling bill dies for 2018
(Florida) -- The Florida Legislature’s last best chance to pass comprehensive legislation on gambling came up a bad beat on Friday, with a conference committee...
article Sunshine State gambling #fails: A short history (updated for 2018)
(Florida) -- Just as it always does in recent years, a legislative effort to revisit the state’s gambling laws tanked in the last week of this year’s...

3/8/2018

article Lawmakers revive gambling talks with proposal to allow slot machines in more counties
(Florida) -- With time running out on the annual legislative session, the Florida House ended the stalemate on a gaming bill late Thursday, offering to allow three...
article Florida Parimutuels Plan to Match Seminole Cash in Slots Deal with State
(Florida) -- A consortium of Florida parimutuels is seeking to challenge the Seminoles tribe’s stranglehold on casino gaming in the state by offering lawmakers the...
article House makes modest offer toward gambling compromise
(Florida) -- The House’s first stab on comprehensive gambling legislation this year includes a spartan offer to the Senate of only three new slot machine licenses...

3/6/2018

article On tap Wednesday: Gaming pact in Senate
(Florida) -- The Senate’s gaming bill – Senate Bill 840 – will be introduced onto the Senate floor Wednesday. The House bill gives the tribe the...

3/5/2018

article House approves unplugging 'pre-veal' games
(Florida) -- After a debate about the definition of slot machines, the House on Monday passed a bill that would make clear that “pre-reveal” games are not...

3/4/2018

article Florida Lawmakers Debate Two Gambling Bills as Session Draws to a Close
(Florida) -- Two separate gambling bills were heard and voted in the Florida Legislature on Friday, one in the House and the other in the Senate, as this year’s...

3/3/2018

article State Legislature continues push for new gambling legislation
(Florida) -- The Florida Legislature is continuing its push for what could be its last shot at passing new gambling legislation without voter approval, but the odds of...

3/2/2018

article Florida House tees up gambling bill for vote
(Florida) -- The state House could vote as soon as Monday on a wide-ranging gambling bill that includes ratification of a 20-year agreement with the Seminole Tribe of...
article ‘Pre-reveal’: Entertainment or gambling? Legislature may decide
(Florida) -- The House on Friday briefly discussed a measure that would ban video game consoles found in bars that look and play like slot machines. The bill (HB 1367)...

3/1/2018

article Reanimated: Senate gambling bill, with changes, back in play
(Florida) -- A strike-all amendment planned for the Senate’s 2018 gambling bill will add an authorization for slot machines in counties where voters OK’d...

2/27/2018

article Florida gaming bill: one step for House approval, one giant leap for Senate consensus
(Florida) -- A renewed gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe is one step closer to reality, but it will need to be a mighty leap if the House and Senate are to bridge...

2/25/2018

article It lives: House gambling bill back for Monday
(Florida) -- One gaming lobbyist still isn’t convinced the Legislature will pass comprehensive legislation this year, texting in response to our story, “...

2/20/2018

article Florida Gambling Deal Appears ‘Dead On Arrival,’ Analyst Says [sub req]
(Florida) -- A veteran observer of the negotiations between the state legislature and the Seminole Tribe of Florida does not expect a deal to be reached on a package of...
article José Oliva’s hopes for gambling resolution plummet
(Florida) -- House Speaker-designate José Oliva on Tuesday didn’t quite put the nail in the coffin for a gambling bill this Session—but he’s holding...

2/16/2018

article Lawmakers In ‘Early Stages’ of Gambling Talks
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session. House Speaker-Designate Jose Oliva says even as the...

2/15/2018

article Lawmakers In ‘Early Stages’ of Gambling Talks
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session. House Speaker-Designate Jose Oliva says even as the...

2/13/2018

article Want More Florida Casino Insight? Ask North Florida Players
(Florida) -- However the Legislature decides to reshape Florida's gaming landscape between now and the end of March, one thing is certain. Mississippi wins. So does...
article Fontainebleau Owner Now Aggressively Pursuing Casino License, Could Help Resorts World
(Florida) -- This may finally be the year that gambling expansion makes it through the Florida legislature. According to the Herald, Fontainebleau owner Jeffrey Soffer...

2/12/2018

article Double or nothing? Senate gambling bill clears latest panel
(Florida) -- Sen. Travis Hutson says he believes “there’s a way for us to get there” when asked about gambling legislation finally passing the...
article Lawmakers Get Revenue Boost Ahead of Budget Talks
(Florida) -- A surge in hurricane-recovery building and a change in the way the state collects gambling payments from the Seminole Tribe will give lawmakers a little...
article New gambling legislation introduced in Florida
(Florida) -- The uncertainty regarding the future shape of gambling in Florida reportedly took another turn late last week after a local Republican lawmaker filed...
article Senate continues looking for gambling deal
(Florida) -- A key player in negotiations between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe said he expects “significant progress” on a potential gambling deal...

2/10/2018

article Florida's Horseracing Industry Should Get a Boost from Chase Credit Card Risk
(Florida) -- Folks who play fantasy sports have been able use their credit cards to do it. Not so, for horseplayers who want to bet on the ponies online. Card...

2/7/2018

article OP/ED: Maybe it’s time for the Seminole Tribe to make a deal
(Florida) -- Let me offer some short, free and subtle (ahem) advice to our friends, The Seminole Tribe of Florida. Go easy. Our man in Tallahassee, Jim Rosica, reported...

2/5/2018

article Consider Gambling Compact Discussions Officially Reopened
(Florida) -- Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, a long-time gambling expansion supporter, and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met Thursday with Seminole Gaming...

2/3/2018

article Legislative Leaders, Tribe Officials Discuss Gambling
(Florida) -- Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met with leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as lawmakers attempt to craft...

1/31/2018

article Florida Lawmakers Put Hopes on New Comprehensive Gambling Bill Attempt
(Florida) -- The Republican-majority Florida Legislature is making another attempt to pass a comprehensive gambling bill after previous deals have fallen apart in the...
article Florida Legislature Introduces Two Competing Gambling Bills, More Stalemate Expected
(Florida) -- The Florida Legislature has been trying to determine its gambling future since the powerful Seminole Tribe’s compact expired in 2015. Two new...

1/30/2018

article Competing gambling proposals in play
(Florida) -- Lawmakers’ attempts to reach consensus on sweeping gambling proposals have been perennially fruitless endeavors, with industry players seeking not...
article Florida kicks off two months of gambling legislative squabbling
(Florida) -- Call us crazy, but we think we’ve figured out a way to make Florida’s annual gambling legislation derby a whole lot more entertaining. Two weeks...
article House panel clears gambling bill—with winners and losers
(Florida) -- A key committee Tuesday moved along this year’s House gambling bill, but the fractures on the committee echoed those among the state’s gambling...
article The House Gambling Plan Is Out Of The Gate
(Florida) -- Lawmakers in the Florida House held a first round of discussions on their gambling legislation Tuesday. The measure takes a hard line against any moves that...
article This proposal would freeze gambling expansion in Florida. What are the odds it passes?
(Florida) -- The Florida House revived legislation Tuesday to prevent any expansion of gambling in Florida for the next 20 years, force the shutdown of some card games,...

1/29/2018

article Judge backs state in dispute over gambling legal fees
(Florida) -- The state won’t have pay up to $450,000 to lawyers representing nine cardroom operators in a battle about controversial “designated player...

1/26/2018

article Casinos and voting rights: Florida voters get to make the call this fall
(Florida) -- It’s now official: Floridians will be asked to vote on two hot topics this fall — casino gambling and voting rights. Both efforts to amend the...

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