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Gambling talks on hold until after budget deal

Left on lawmakers' to-do list are talks to consider expanding casino gambling, and Senate budget chief JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, says those talks won't start before Monday.

Alexander said he told Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, that he "can't focus" on the complicated gambling issues at the same time as he holds all-day negotiations on the state budget.

The House and Senate remain widely divided on how to approach the Seminole gambling agreement while also considering appeals by race tracks and jai alai frontons around the state for more gambling options to better compete with the tribe's growing gaming empire. More background here.

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