Internet Cafe employee testimonial video released urging lawmakers to "Regulate, Don't Eliminate"

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The Coalition of Florida’s Internet Cafes today, released a testimonial video featuring Internet cafe owners and employees urging members of the Florida House of Representatives to consider their well-being as they debate House Bill 3, a complete ban of all existing Internet cafes providing electronic sweepstakes in Florida, by Representative Plakon.

As the Florida House considers the outright ban of the cafes this week, Internet cafe employees want lawmakers to know that every job should matter and their livelihood should be taken into consideration before lawmakers decide if they are going to push the YES or NO button on an outright ban.

The Coalition of Internet Cafes supports Senate Bill 380, by Senator Diaz de la Portilla, which among other things, seeks to increase regulation of the existing Internet cafes, requires all electronic sweepstakes to register with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and provides for local governments to be able to limit, prohibit or regulate electronic sweepstakes/Internet cafes in their area if the decide to do so.  Another legislative proposal introduced in the Senate, SB 428, which mirrors the Plakon ban legislation, stalled in its first committee of reference when it became evident that the complete ban language did not have enough support from members of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee to pass its first committee of reference.  During that same committee hearing in the Senate, the Diaz de la Portilla increased regulation legislation (SB 380) passed.

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