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Amendment 3 Foes Pour Money Into Ballot Fight

Oct 29, 2018

A political committee raised $7.75 million during a week-long period as it tries to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, according to a newly filed finance report. 

The words on the November ballot appear simple enough: “Voter Control of Gambling in Florida.”

Disney and The Seminole Tribe of Florida keep pouring money into a campaign to limit future casino gambling.

Gambling in Florida is a perennial issue for politicians and the public. It will be on this fall’s ballot for voters in two forms. One proposed constitutional amendment would ban greyhound racing. The other question is much larger: should voters have the exclusive right to expand gambling? If approved by at least 60 percent of voters, it would take that power away from state lawmakers.

Court Says ‘pre-reveal’ Games Are Illegal Slot Machines

Aug 31, 2018

Siding with state regulators, an appeals court Thursday ruled that controversial electronic games played in bars and other establishments are illegal slot machines.

New Committee Raises Money To Fight Gambling Measure

Aug 20, 2018

A political committee formed last month has raised $1.25 million to help fight a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in the state.

The committee, Citizens for the Truth About Amendment 3, Inc., filed paperwork with the state July 18 and raised the money from Aug. 1 through Aug. 7.

Contributions included $500,000 from Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, Inc., a Northeast Florida gambling operator, and $250,000 from Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, LLC of Miami Beach, according to campaign-finance reports.

Disney, Seminoles Sink $10 Million Into Gambling Fight

Aug 13, 2018

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida continue upping the ante as they try to pass a constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in the state. 

In a major escalation of their support, Disney Worldwide Services and the Seminole Tribe of Florida each plowed $5 million last month into a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in the state. 

Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida would be allowed to add craps and roulette at its casinos under a bill now moving in the Florida Senate.

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met with leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as lawmakers attempt to craft a gambling proposal, Galvano told The News Service of Florida.

After past deals have collapsed amid infighting among Florida's gambling interests, the Republican-controlled Legislature is trying yet again to pass a comprehensive gambling bill.

Florida voters are going to have a say over the future of gambling in the Sunshine State.

Lawmakers are once again working to assure the 3-million Floridians who play fantasy sports with friends that they’re not breaking the law. A measure from Tampa Republican Senator Dana Young would clarify that playing fantasy sports does not constitute gambling. The Seminole Tribe of Florida has raised concerns about the legislation violating the tribe’s gambling exclusivity agreement with the state. But Young says she’s not worried.

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida is getting behind a push to put an anti-gambling amendment on next year's ballot.

Anti-gambling forces are claiming a partial victory now that the Florida Supreme Court is blocking slot machines at a Gretna pari-mutuel facility.

Lawmakers have folded on plans to pass a comprehensive gambling overhaul bill this legislative session.

With just days left in their annual session, Florida legislators entered their final week struggling to work out deals on everything from the fine print of a new state budget to a major gambling bill.

Florida lawmakers are beginning to make headway when it comes to finding a middle ground between the House and Senate gambling plans.

Justices OK Felon Rights, Gambling Initiatives

Apr 21, 2017
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In a pair of high-profile issues that could go on the ballot next year, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved proposed constitutional amendments that would restore felons' voting rights and restrict the expansion of gambling in the state.

A measure placing gambling warnings on Florida lottery tickets is heading for the House floor.

A gambling overhaul bill passed through the full Florida Senate Thursday. Meanwhile the House bill is heading for that chamber’s floor. While leaders say it’s been years since a gambling bill has advanced so far through the process, others point out there’s a long way left to go.

Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.

The Florida House unveiled its version of a gambling overhaul bill Thursday. What’s inside came as a surprise to lawmakers like Sarasota Republican Rep. Alex Miller (R-Sarasota).

"Decoupling would eventually in my estimation eliminate the cruelest form of entertainment we have here in Florida and as a freshman I was excited to be put on this committee to decouple. And instead I’m put on this committee with the idea that we won’t be able to do anything for 20 years. So it’s personally disappointing for me,” Miller said.

An attempt to create a new gambling agreement between the state and Seminole Indian Tribe failed last legislative session, but Florida’s legislative leaders say they’d like to see a compact pass this time around.

Nearly a year after the expiration of a high-stakes gambling agreement, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and state regulators made pitches last week in a federal lawsuit over the tribe's right to operate "banked" card games, such as blackjack.

Justices Look At Semantics, ‘Common Sense’ In Slots Fight

Jun 8, 2016
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In a case that could have broad implications for the state’s gambling footprint, a tiny horse track on Tuesday tried to convince Florida Supreme Court justices that it should have slot machines, even without the express approval of the Legislature.

Gambling Decisions In Judges' Hands After Lawmakers Fold

Mar 13, 2016

Whatever the label, a comprehensive gambling plan that would have authorized a $3 billion deal between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe proved too arduous a task for the Legislature to complete this session.

State Gambling In Judges' Hands After Lawmakers Fold

Mar 12, 2016

Lawmakers called it a heavy lift, a three-dimensional game of chess and a Rubik's cube.

Whatever the label, a comprehensive gambling plan that would have authorized a $3 billion deal between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe proved too arduous a task for the Legislature to complete this session.

But the face of gambling in Florida could undergo major changes before lawmakers meet again next spring, as a result of decisions coming not from policy makers but from the courts.

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With time running out, Florida legislators are still pushing ahead with a major gambling bill that would allow slot machines across much of the state.

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