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New Florida Gaming Expansion Bill Introduced

Proposal Calls For Two 'Destination Resorts'

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On Monday, the state of Florida saw the latest attempt to legalize giant brick-and-mortar casinos for commercial gaming groups based outside of Florida hit the legislature.

Rep. Dana Young, a Republican from Tampa, introduced a massive 316-page proposal dubbed the “Gaming Control Act of 2015.” In it, she wants two “destination resort” casinos in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, something that has been considered in previous legislative sessions in the Sunshine State.

Companies would need to spend at least $2 billion each for a casino. In addition, voters in both counties would have to sign off on the casino projects.

The bill would also make changes to rules about slot machines and racetracks.

Past efforts to bring destination resorts to South Florida, most notably by Las Vegas Sands and Genting, have failed because existing tribal casinos in the state have pushed back against the idea. There has been opposition from the likes of Disney, too.

Florida’s compact with the Seminoles for blackjack and other games expires this year.

Though it’s not a bill for online gambling, Young’s proposal does contain a provision that would make it so the state couldn’t award a resort license to “an entity that has accepted any wager of money or other consideration on any online gambling activity, including poker, from any state resident since October 13, 2006.”

Late 2006 is when the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act went into effect.

Here’s a look at the text of the bill:

Florida Gaming Bill