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House gambling bill clears Ways and Means Committee on 11-7 vote

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The House Ways & Means Committee voted Tuesday for legislation that would extend Indian gambling in Florida but otherwise restrict the growth of the industry in Florida. The bill (HB 7037), by Rep. Mike La Rosa, passed out of the committee on an 11-7 vote. La Rosa argued the bill is the key to negotiating a gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe. “I think they’re trying to get the best deal. That may mean other games or, of course, paying less revenue. At the…

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Emails show state’s about-face on card games enforcement

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The same state agency now calling designated-player card games illegal was calling them “in compliance” with state gambling law as recently as last July, records show. What’s not clear is what caused the about-face. The enforcement is happening at the same time that lawmakers are considering whether to approve a new “compact” with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, whose casinos compete with tracks in South Florida and elsewhere that also offer cards and slots. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which regulates gambling,…

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House gaming legislation to be workshopped March 26

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Reports of the death of Dana Young‘s new gaming legislation are greatly exaggerated, according to the House Majority Leader — despite speculation that she may alter or even withdraw her ambitious plan from consideration, Young tells SaintPetersBlog that her proposal will be workshopped at a meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, March 26. Young’s plan — consisting of three linked House bills, HB 1233, HB 1235 and HB 1237 —   has been labeled by opponents as a straight expansion…

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