The Lee County Commission on Tuesday approved holding a November referendum about whether slot machines should be allowed at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, the News-Press reported via the News Service of Florida. The 4-1 vote came amid uncertainty about whether slot machines can be approved through such referendums. Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a non-binding opinion earlier this year that said such referendums would only be valid if they are authorized by lawmakers or in the Florida Constitution. But voters in Gadsden, Washington and Hamilton counties have already approved slots referendums, and other counties, such as Lee and Palm Beach, plan to put the issue in front of voters. The Florida Supreme Court added to the debate last month when it ruled that lawmakers can allow slots in various parts of the state. That case stemmed from a legislative change aimed at allowing slot machines at the historic Hialeah Park horse track in Miami-Dade County.
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