Senate Gaming Committee gives extra month to clarify gambling report

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The chair of the Florida Senate Gaming Committee Tuesday said legislators will allow Spectrum Gaming Group a little more time to refine the final draft on a report on gambling expansion in the state.

Faced with confusing details and omissions in the 464-page version, Sen. Garrett Richter called for a month-long delay to get it right, writes Mary Ellen Klas in the Miami Herald Naked Politics blog.

“It’s more important to me that we get an accurate study as opposed to meeting some time deadline, ” the Naples Republican said in an interview reported in the Herald. “My rationale is if this is going to be the foundation we use to seek any policy it ought to be accurate.”

Following Richter’s announcement was a letter from Senate President Don Gaetz stating the findings by Spectrum will not be altered, but clarified.

Richter said the initial assessment includes information based on Regional Economic Models, Inc. standards that “was confusing and difficult to understand,” and requested Spectrum to better explain their assumptions. Originally, Richter encouraged the company to apply for only a one-week extension.

The Herald article continued with Gaetz’s letter:

“The Legislature has not and will not request that any outcomes be changed.  As outlined in the initial work plan, the state economist will continue to work with Spectrum to review their economic modeling options to ensure that the final report contains the full articulation of the economic impacts of various policy choices the Legislature may consider. Spectrum has indicated that they will be able to provide the remaining analysis by November 1.”

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