FL Legislative Session to Debate New Gaming and Casinos
March 04, 2014
Florida's Legislative Session has officially started for 2014 on Tuesday.
Florida currently has a $1.3 billion surplus in the state budget. Due to the
surplus, it is believed that Governor Rick Scott will ask to lower fees and
state taxes by $500 million.
Gaming has remained one of the topics that is expected to be addressed this
session. Both the House and the Senate are working on different bills. The House
is debating a bill that will not allow for the development of new casino.
However, it is seen as a way to overhaul the current gaming industry in Florida.
The Senate is debating a proposal that would allow the building of two new
casinos. As well as a change in Florida's gaming industry.
The development of any new casinos would result in a change in the compact
between the state and the Seminole tribe. Currently the state receives money
from the Seminole's casinos gaming revenue. The tax money earned from the
casinos are worth hundreds of millions to the state.
The current Legislative Session will last for 60 days.
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