House panel to look at gambling on Wednesday

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After a Senate committee this week approved a bill to allow resort casinos in Florida, a House panel also is preparing to wade into the issue. The House Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee has scheduled a workshop Wednesday on gaming issues, including current laws and proposed changes, reports the News Service of Florida. Initially, the House and Senate had identical bills to allow up to three “destination” resort casinos in the state. But the Senate Regulated Industries Committee made substantial changes in the Senate version (SB 710) before approving it Monday.

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