Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, said that he is withdrawing bills that would bring Las Vegas-style casinos to Florida over the next few years, after Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, proposed an amendment to the bill that would have allowed South Florida pari-mutuels to offer slot machines and a tax rate identical to any future destination casinos.
? had no interest in that whatsoever,?he said.
Jones said the Legislature gave the pari-mutuels several sweeteners last year as part of its negotiations related to the Seminole gaming compact. The proposal this year was more geared to opening facilities that would have offered plenty of convention and entertainment options. The gaming was just a minor part of that, he said.
Jones also estimated that the bill would have created 100,000 jobs.
?? disappointed that people couldn? see that,?he said.