Fla. House and Senate differ on gambling future

Feb 17, 2014 7:04 PM

The Florida House and Senate may be going in different directions in their approach to determining the future of gambling in the Sunshine State.

While the House select committee on gaming hasn’t even had a meeting since Nov. 6, the Senate’s Gaming committee has held hearings across the state and is now drafting a proposed bill. The leadership of both groups insists, however, compromise is in the works.

House Speaker Wil Weatherford has warned nothing is going to be done without the involvement of the gaming compact the state has with the Seminole Tribe, the state’s biggest casino operator.

The Las Vegas-style gaming portion of the compact expires in 2015.

Although Gov. Rick Scott has said little on the matter of late, his administration emphasizes the governor is “focused on renewing the state’s compact with the Seminoles to get the best deal for Floridians.”

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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