House votes on senate gambling bill—by amending it with their own bill
That sets up the conference process by which both sides say they can “iron out the differences” between their different approaches.
The gulf is wide, with the House wanting to lock down gambling expansion in the state and the Senate open to a host of new gambling opportunities.
The House bill also would divert revenue share from a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, $3 billion over seven years, to educational initiatives including shoring up “persistently failing” schools.
Some Democrats, who unsuccessfully tried to scuttle those provisions with their own amendments, complained that would mean money goes to charter schools.
House ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ sponsor says bill still in play
Hialeah Republican Bryan Avila is keeping hope alive that a bill to allow retailers to sell hard liquor in the same store as other goods will garner enough votes for passage.
“We had some late issues come up,” he said after Wednesday’s floor session.
But Avila said he disagreed with that reading of the bill and alcoholic beverage statutes. The latest issue came up after other critics raised concerns that gas stations would be allowed to sell distilled spirits under the measure.
“Trust me: I can tell you with certainty I have experienced every thing imaginable that could possibly happen in the legislative process with this bill,” Avila said.
The Senate passed it last month.