A division still remains in Legislature over South Florida casinos.
The proposed bill that would allow for the expanded gaming has not been voted
on. It is estimated that bill may not be voted on until April. A similar bill
was rejected three years ago.
On Thursday there was a workshop held by a House panel about the gaming issue.
Representatives from area businesses, race tracks, and casino investors posed
different arguments for and against the measure.
If the bill is approved, it would allow for two Vegas style casinos to be built
in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Republicans are interested in amending current gaming deals with the Seminole
Tribe of Florida. The tribe owns Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in addition
to other gaming facilities.
The current compact is set to expire between the tribe and state. The tribe is
able to offer blackjack. The Seminoles are actively trying to maintain their
The gaming bill has not been considered as of yet by the state Senate.
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