Gambling law dispute goes to Supreme Court

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The Florida Supreme Court could take up a dispute about the constitutionality of a 2009 gambling law aimed at allowing additional card rooms to open in Palm Beach and Volusia counties. The 1st District Court of Appeal this year tossed out the law, saying it was so narrowly written that it was an unconstitutional “special” law. But companies that could benefit from the law, License Acquisitions, LLC, and West Volusia Racing, Inc., filed a notice of appeal last week with the Supreme Court. The law deals with converting jai-alai permits to greyhound-racing permits, which could then be used to operate card rooms.

The companies that have sought to open the additional card rooms are associated with the Palm Beach Kennel Club and the Daytona Beach Kennel Club. But the law was challenged by another firm that has tried in the past to open a pari-mutuel facility in western Volusia County.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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