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Is it “expanding gambling” to sell lottery tickets at gas pumps?

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Legislation is moving in the Legislature that would allow people to buy their lottery tickets at the gas pump despite a lingering question that the measure is an expansion of gambling. The question is more than moral or academic: Expanded gambling is a condition for the Seminole Tribe of Florida to stop sharing revenue from its casinos. The tribe kicks more than $200 million a year into state coffers. “Any expansion of gaming or use of lottery vending machines, beyond what…

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State economists deliberate over fiscal impact of medical marijuana amendment

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A group of economists representing the executive branch, both houses of the Legislature and various state agencies identified a handful of sticking points — but few if any definitive solutions =- when it comes to the possible economic impact of a 2016 ballot initiative legalizing marijuana. Among the issues discussed by the Florida Impact Estimating Conference were the status of marijuana as an “agricultural product,” possible confusion in enforcement on behalf of police chiefs and state law enforcement, and the…

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State panel talks dollars and cents of medical pot

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It’s still not clear how much a proposed constitutional amendment allowing medical use of marijuana will cost the state to implement, nor how much Florida will gain financially from it. The state’s Financial Impact Estimating Conference, made up of various state officials, met Wednesday to go over nearly 600 pages of reference material on the initiative. One estimate in the materials showed administrative costs to the state of more than $1 million, but also showed such costs would likely be offset by…

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New Seminole Tribe ads launch today calling for Compact renewal

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Two new ads from the Seminole Tribe of Florida again call on state lawmakers in the campaign to renew a key provision of the 2009 gambling agreement set to expire July 31. The ads arrive as Florida considers the future of gaming in Florida, including the renewal of the agreement that gives the Tribe exclusive rights to operate blackjack and other card games at five of its seven Florida casinos outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The Tribe is pushing for renewal, a deal…

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