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Florida Lawmakers’ Bugsy Fixation

| December 3, 2013

We have become a nation of people who sue each other and serve each other hamburgers. Are we also to become a nation of croupiers and cocktail waitresses? Sadly, that seems to be the message our politicians are delivering as they bet more of Florida’s future on gambling.

Gambling’s Odds in Florida May Be Left To a Constitutional Amendment in 2014

| December 2, 2013

House Speaker Will Weatherford’s new plan–to let voters decide if they should weigh in on future expansion of gambling–could provide cover for Republican House members reluctant to expand gambling as the Legislature takes up the thorny issue during the upcoming session.

State Rakes In Cash From Seminole Casinos and Rethinks Gambling Landscape

| October 23, 2013

Under the current deal with the Seminoles, which ends in 2015, the tribe makes the payments to the state in exchange for having the exclusive right to offer banked table games, such as blackjack, along with a monopoly on all slot locations outside of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The Seminoles agreed to pay a minimum of $150 million in each of the first two years, $233 million in the third and fourth years and $234 million in 2015.

Don’t Ban Internet Cafés. Regulate Them.

| January 23, 2012

Internet cafés may be a pest, and their proponents make laughable arguments when they claim they’re not about gambling. But it’s not government’s business to ban them while swinging from the lottery’s levers. Regulation is the key.

Gambling Florida: Court Says Legislature May Expand Slot Machines Around the State

| October 6, 2011

In a ruling that may open the way for gambling in Florida resorts, the first District Court of Appeal said it’s up to lawmakers to decide where they allow casinos. Companies are pushing hard for the expansion of slot-machine resorts.

Why Flagler Beach Blocked Disabled Veterans’ Request For a Penny-Ante Gambling Hall

| November 20, 2010

Unless they were willing to risk changing the character of the town, city commissioners had little choice but to block an attempt to open what would have been a penny-ante gambling hall at the DAV property.

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