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Florida restaurant and hotel lobby blasts Dana Young’s new gaming bill

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The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association — a group with outsized importance in our state’s tourism-centric economy — issued a statement Tuesday excoriating the proposal released yesterday by House Majority Leader Dana Young. “We will continue to fight this legislation, along with any other measure that seeks to expand gambling under the false pretense that it will bring additional jobs, attract more tourists, and increase Florida’s tax base,” said FRLA President and CEO Carol Dover. “Florida currently enjoys record number of tourists,…

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Bill would require restaurants to give calorie counts on menus

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A trio of Republican lawmakers is backing a bill that would require restaurants to provide the calorie count of their menu items. Their purpose: to combat obesity. Margie Menzel reports. Representative Ed Homan of Tampa is a sponsor of the Obesity Prevention Act. An osteopathic surgeon, Homan said 60 percent of Americans are overweight, and they’re not the only ones paying the cost of their care. “Forty-six percent of all insurance now is paid by taxpayers, either through Medicaid, Medicare,…

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