December 22, 2014

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.

Amy Keller | 2/28/2014

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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