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Gambling Deal In Florida Falls By Wayside

Time Runs Out In Current Legislative Session

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Time has expired in the 2018 legislative session for Florida lawmakers to pass a new comprehensive gambling expansion bill.

According to The News Service of Florida, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron have declared the gambling package discussions dead for the session. The odds were long to begin with.

“Despite the good faith efforts of both the House and Senate, a gaming bill will not pass the Legislature this session,” the two state lawmakers said in a joint statement. “Gaming remains one of the most difficult issues we face as a Legislature. We are pleased with the progress made over the last week and know that our colleagues will continue to work on this important issue.”

Florida is home to one of the nation’s largest tribal gambling industries, as a well as a lucrative commercial gambling market. Florida and the Seminoles, who run Las Vegas-style casinos in the Sunshine State, are seeking a long-term gambling compact. In exchange for a portion of the Seminoles’ gambling winnings, the state gives the tribe exclusivity for certain house-banked games.

The state and the Seminoles reached a new, tentative agreement last year that allowed for the tribe to continue offering blackjack. Legislation seeks to ratify that deal.

 
 
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