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Gaming Control Act of 2015

When evaluating Dana Young’s gambling bill, it helps to think about ‘footprints’

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In the possibility that state Rep. Dana Young’s Gaming Control Act of 2015 passes the Legislature, one thing is sure: There will be significant changes in Florida gambling, although maybe not what many expect. First, South Florida may well become a home to two destination casinos, dog tracks and live greyhound races and slot machines proliferate into new parts of the state. Then again, the far-reaching bill might actually reduce gambling in Florida. If the bill is the “biggest expansion of…

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The Day That Was In Florida Politics – March 2

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Marijuana, gambling and a big party were on the state Capitol agenda Monday, indicating that prohibitionists may find it difficult to be heard during the 2015 Florida legislative session. Session begins Tuesday morning at 9:30 when the Florida House of Representatives convenes but the week began with a hearing on a proposed rule for the marijuana bill lawmakers approved last year. The Office of Compassionate Use Director Patricia Nelson fielded questions and listened to comments for about eight hours on…

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Dana Young makes opening move on expanded gambling

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House Majority Leader Dana Young made the opening bid Monday on expanding gambling operations in Florida. The Gaming Control Act of 2015 provides for up too two destination resorts in Florida, a constitutional amendment to lift a moratorium on further expansion, decoupling of greyhound racing from other gaming opportunities and the reversion to the state of 12 dormant wagering permits. “This is going to be a very active discussion this session, said Young.  “And I believe there are no right…

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