Weatherford taps Rob Schenck to chair House Select Committee on Gaming

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House Speaker Will Weatherford today announced Representative Rob Schenck will serve as chairman of the House Select Committee on Gaming. 

“The House Select Committee on Gaming will be charged with looking Florida’s gaming activity holistically to determine ways to improve the state’s oversight of the industry,” said House Speaker Weatherford.  “Under Representative Schenck’s leadership, I’m confident we can determine what changes – if any – are needed to develop a comprehensive policy for gaming in Florida.” 

“Gaming is an issue that requires a careful consideration of existing law before any decisions are made regarding the industry’s future in Florida,” said Representative Schenck.  “I look forward to conducting a comprehensive review to set a long term vision for the future of gaming in Florida.” 

The Select Committee on Gaming’s responsibility will be to conduct a comprehensive review of Florida’s gaming industries and to recommend legislative actions to solidify a unified, long-term policy for the future of gaming in Florida that serves the best interest of all Floridians. 

The Select Committee will also review the Gaming Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida.  Following this review, the Select Committee will recommend whether to renew its authorization for banked card games and potential areas for renegotiation.  The select committee shall report its findings and recommendations prior to the 2014 Legislative Session.

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