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Pam Bondi granted more time to prep for slot machine case

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Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s office is getting more time to prepare legal arguments in a case over whether certain Florida dog and horse tracks can offer slot machines to guests. The Florida Supreme Court granted the request Wednesday, giving her lawyers another month to turn in their brief. Bondi’s office, specifically Solicitor General Allen Winsor, is representing the Florida Department Of Business And Professional Regulation, which regulates the state’s pari-mutuel facilities. Along with dealing with some staff turnover, his filing also said…

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Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

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From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up slot machine dispute

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The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal dispute that could result in slot machines being added at dog and horse tracks across the state. The 1st District Court of Appeal in early October ruled that slot machines couldn’t be installed at a facility west of Tallahassee. But the decision was unusual because the court overturned its own decision. The court had ruled in May that slot machines were allowed because Gadsden County voters approved a referendum authorizing…

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Florida court reverses itself on slots

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A far-reaching court ruling that could have opened the door to slot machines at dog and horse tracks across Florida has been reversed. The 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday ruled that slot machines could not be installed at a facility 25 miles west of Tallahassee. The decision was unusual because the same court overturned its own decision from May, when it stated that slot machines were allowed because Gadsden County voters approved a referendum authorizing them. Calling it…

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Seminole Tribe wants to join legal fight over slot machines

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida is saying a recent court decision on slot machines could cause “grave financial harm” to the tribe. Lawyers for the tribe filed court papers on Tuesday. They want the 1st District Court of Appeal to let the Seminoles weigh in on a far-reaching ruling that could lead to slot machines at several dog and horse tracks. Judges last month ordered state regulators to allow slot machines at a track in the north Florida town of…

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1st District Court of Appeal hears arguments in Gretna slots case

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The 1st District Court of Appeal on Wednesday afternoon heard arguments from plaintiffs seeking to overturn an opinion issued by Attorney General Pam Bondi invalidating the results of a 2012 Gadsden County referendum to allow slot machines to operate at a horse-racing facility in Gretna. An attorney from Bondi’s office defended the opinion. Attorney Marc Dunbar serves as legal counsel to Gretna Creek Entertainment and represented it before the court. He took to task, among other things, flawed grammar on the part of the AG’s office…

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