'Destination Resorts' in limbo after chaotic committee meeting

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For a brief moment Wednesday, it looked like a bill paving the way for destination casinos in Florida was dead after a 3-3 vote in the Senate Finance and Tax Subcommittee, reports the News Service of Florida. But then Chairwoman Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, announced that the vote had taken place after the scheduled 10:45 a.m. ending of the meeting, leaving the fate of the bill in flux. “I guess it’s not dead,” said Bogdanoff, who supported the measure. “But it could be dead.” Joining Bogdanoff in voting for the bill were Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, and Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach; opposed were Sens. Thad Altman, R-Viera, Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando and Jim Norman, R-Tampa. The measure’s sponsor, Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, said he would likely ask for the bill to be heard again if the subcommittee holds another meeting this year. But while Bogdanoff said she would be willing to put the measure back on the agenda, she said it was unlikely to pass.

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