Las Vegas Sands has no interest in 2014 ballot measure to expand gaming in Florida

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Pardon me for missing this during this past week, but did anyone else notice uber lobbyist Nick Iarossi’s interview with the Florida Current, especially this part:

Florida Current: After the destination casino bill failed, there was talk of the casino interests going after a ballot measure for 2014. Where is Las Vegas Sands on that idea?

Iarossi: I think it’s an idea being circulated out there by others. My client has no interest in participating in a ballot measure. We feel that the best way to address the destination resort issue is dealing directly with members of the Legislature.

Very interesting answer, right?

It will be interesting to see what Sands does do if Genting and Co. does, in fact, move forward with a ballot measure in 2014.

Would Sands sit such a campaign out?

Would it be against the ballot measure in order to keep its competitors from gaining a foothold in Florida?

Interesting, interesting.

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