Senate committee delays gambling overhaul bill until Feb. 24

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A Florida Senate committee is delaying the proposed gambling overhaul bill – originally to be done by Monday – to Feb. 24, according to Gaming Committee chair Sen. Garrett Richter.

In a memo released Friday, Richter told members that the Feb. 3 study did not give “enough time” to investigate the issue thoroughly, reports James Rosica of the Tampa Tribune.

“As it turned out, we did not finish the workshop on “elements and options” for inclusion in the proposed committee bill,” Richter said in the memo. “Our discussion was helpful and productive, but there simply was not enough time to cover the issues presented.”

“That being the case I think the right choice now is to postpone filing the proposed committee bill until the committee completes its high-level review.”

A revised schedule has committee members meet on Monday to make other plans, and skipping the meeting on Feb. 17. The board will consider the proposed bill again during the week of March 3, when the legislative session begins that Tuesday, Rosica writes.

“As discussed when we last met, the (bill) likely will be deliberated, discussed, potentially amended, and temporarily passed several times before the Gaming committee considers a motion to introduce it as a committee bill,” Richter added. 

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