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Lawmakers looking to give boost to Florida’s local franchise business owners

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For the Republican-dominated Legislature, helping the business community is a high priority. So, it’s not surprising that this Session, new protections for small-business owners are capturing legislators’ attention. Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries will hear SB 750, known as the Protect Florida Small Business Act. This bill, sponsored by powerful appropriations chair Sen. Jack Latvala, outlines several measures directed toward some of the questionable business practices of out-of-state franchisors in their relationships with Florida’s local franchise business owners.…

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Effort to appease pari-mutuels is killing Seminole Compact

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If the Seminole Compact and related legislation don’t pass this session, lawmakers will have no one to blame but themselves, the tribe’s Tallahassee-based attorney said Tuesday. Barry Richard, who represents the Seminole Tribe of Florida, blamed the apparent Tuesday morning collapse of the 2016 gambling bills on lawmakers bending over backward to appease the state’s dog and horse racing concerns. “The issue hanging us up is what happens to the pari-mutuels,” he told FloridaPolitics.com in a phone interview. State Sen. Tom Lee,…

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Senate punts — for now — on Seminole Compact, gambling bill

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As the state House of Representatives moved on its package of gambling bills Tuesday, the Senate hit pause and delayed consideration of the Seminole Compact and related legislation for another week. “My intention is to (temporarily postpone) the gaming bills today for one week to give our committee members the opportunity to digest the various amendments being filed,” state Sen. Rob Bradley, chair of the Regulated Industries Committee, told FloridaPolitics.com earlier in the day. After the committee’s afternoon meeting, Bradley told reporters the delay…

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Rick Scott and Seminole Tribe begin PR effort for new blackjack deal

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Gov. Rick Scott and Seminole Tribe of Florida representatives on Monday earnestly began a hard sell of a new deal that would let the tribe keep blackjack at their casinos. Scott met with Tribal Chairman Jim Billie, other tribal leaders and gambling operations executives in South Florida in a meeting that was live-streamed on the Internet. They’re all trying to convince skeptical lawmakers to approve a new Seminole Compact that’s worth $3 billion over seven years in revenue share to the state,…

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Rob Bradley calls for one-year extension of Seminole Compact

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State Sen. Rob Bradley wants to extend the gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Fleming Island Republican, who chairs the influential Senate Committee on Regulated Industries, filed notice Friday that his committee will consider a one-year extension of the current Seminole Compact. Authorization for the Tribe to offer banked card games expires on July 31, if the Legislature fails to act. If not renewed, the Tribe could lose exclusive rights to operate blackjack and other card games…

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