Supreme Court could decide slots issue

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The owners of Miami Jai-Alai and Calder Casino & Race Course are asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case that would allow slot machines at Hialeah Park — and could open the door to slots at gambling facilities elsewhere in the state, reports the News Service of Florida. The 1st District Court of Appeal last month sided with Hialeah in a fight about whether Lawmakers could approve slots machines at facilities that were not covered under a 2004 constitutional amendment that paved the way for slots in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Though Hialeah is in Miami-Dade, it did not qualify under the constitutional amendment. Miami Jai-Alai and Calder challenged a 2010 legislative decision that allowed Hialeah to offer slots. Attorneys for those facilities filed notices this month seeking Supreme Court review of the 1st District Court of Appeal decision, according to appeals-court dockets.

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