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Richter delays release of Senate gambling bill until Feb. 24

Here's the content of the letter to members from Senate Gaming Committee Chairman, Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, on Friday:

During the Gaming Committee meeting last Monday, I announced plans to publish the first DRAFT of a comprehensive gaming bill shortly before our February 10 committee meeting. That timing was driven by: (1) my goal to get the proposed committee bill on our agenda for February 17, and (2) Senate policy that a proposed committee bill be published on the Senate website prior to inclusion on a meeting notice (by February 10 for the meeting on February 17).

As it turned out, we did not finish the workshop on “elements and options” for inclusion in the proposed committee bill. Our discussion was helpful and productive, but there simply was not enough time to cover the issues presented. That being the case I think the right choice now is to postpone filing the proposed committee bill until the committee completes its high-level review.

On February 10, the Gaming Committee will continue consideration of “elements and options.” If we finish, and I expect we will, we will not meet on February 17. If more meeting time is required before the initial draft is published, we can meet again on February 17.

In either case, I expect to publish the proposed committee bill on February 24 and to take it up for the first time during the week ofMarch 3. As discussed when we last met, the SPB likely will be deliberated, discussed, potentially amended, and temporarily passed several times before the Gaming Committee considers a motion to introduce it as a committee bill.




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Ed Jenkins

I don't like gambling because of all the counting. Counting is hard. That's why I stick to political commentary.

Vocational consultant

Ed find some other avocation.

Steven Norton

Casino gaming, if done correctly and in locations that need more tourism, could be a boon for Florida, in new taxes, jobs, construction and millions of new visitors. It does not have to be in Miami-Dade or Broward to be successful. And if kept out of the backyard of Seminole Casinos, the State may be able to hold onto the $200 millon average that the State now received from the Tribe. Florida should look at other resort areas of the State with good air connections and thousands of available accommodations, to find sites that could benefit the most from casino gaming. Allowing a casino resort, like those in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, would automatically authorise the Seminoles to add Craps and Roulette to their 7 casinos.

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