Gambling bill workshop in Senate next week

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The Senate Regulated Industries Committee next week will hold a workshop on the proposal to allow destination gambling resorts in Florida, according to a committee meeting notice, reports the News Service of 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 and the committee has set aside three hours Wednesday morning to workshop the issue. 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.

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