2014 Legislative Preview
Gambling in Florida: Don't bet on it
Florida's gaming laws are a mess, but in an election year, with powerful interests on all sides, lawmakers may not try to make comprehensive changes.
Gaming is fraught with powerful special interests on all sides, making any major changes to existing laws a challenge this year. “We’re lobbying very heavily for approval of at least one, integrated resort permit in south Florida,” says Nick Iarossi, a lobbyist with Capital City Consulting who represents Las Vegas Sands. Among the gambling issues the Legislature may tackle: Creating a new regulatory agency, setting new tax rates for pari-mutuels and destination casinos, renegotiating a revenue sharing compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, readdressing last year’s ban on internet cafes.
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