'Destination resorts', PIP reform and Brody & Dillon claims bills all in committee today

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A serious day for some legislative committeees…

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee holds a three-hour workshop on the proposal to allow destination gambling resorts in Florida. The bill (SB 710), which would expand the places allowing slot machine gambling, is expected to be one of the most heavily debated of the session. The committee is expected to take testimony. The panel likely will be largely friendly to the gambling measure. Among the members of the Regulated Industries Committee is Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, the Senate sponsor of the bill, and the panel’s chairman, Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, is a supporter of the concept. (8:30 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, The Capitol.)

Meanwhile, the House Insurance and Banking Committee begins its work on what is expected to be one of the major insurance issues for the coming year, taking up a draft proposed committee substitute for HB 119, dealing with Personal Injury Protection Insurance. (8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, The Capitol.)

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