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2015 Legislative Session preview: gambling legislation on the move in the Florida Legislature

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Despite Senate President Andy Gardiner’s publicly expressed disinterest in seeing the Florida Legislature renew the Seminole Gaming Compact, there is behind-the-scenes progress being made by lawmakers and lobbyists determined to expand gambling in Florida. House Majority Leader Dana Young, who has been tasked by Speaker Steve Crisafulli to be the House’s point person on gambling issues, says that she is actively conferring with other lawmakers and stakeholders. “This is beyond three dimensional chess,” Young said on Monday. “This is three dimensional chess played on several…

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Florida lawmakers conclude contentious and emotionally charged session

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From The Current: Florida lawmakers wrapped up a contentious and emotionally charged session on Friday night, spending hours debating and approving measures on abortion, a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting, and a comprehensive property insurance bill. The session lurched to a close as the House wrapped up its work shortly before 7 p.m. while the Senate was still debating a nearly $70.4 billion budget. The Senate did not wrap up its work until 8:47 p.m. The final vote on the…

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