House gambling bill set for Ways & Means this week - Florida Politics

House gambling bill set for Ways & Means this week

The House of Representatives’ omnibus gambling bill will again be heard this week, records show.

The bill (HB 7037) is on the agenda for the Ways & Means Committee, chaired by Bradenton Republican Jim Boyd, on Tuesday.

Though it includes a renewed blackjack agreement between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the legislation overall “freezes” the current ambit of gambling in the state, as Rep. Mike La Rosa has said. He chairs the Tourism and Gaming Control Subcommittee, which already OK’d the measure 10-5.

That contrasts with the Senate’s gambling bill (SB 8), which cleared all its committees and awaits a hearing on the chamber floor.

The House would outlaw designated-player card games, but the Senate would let “all cardroom operators … offer designated player games.” The House also would prohibit the expansion of slot machines, while the Senate generally expands the availability of slot machines.

Moreover, La Rosa’s legislation would divert the state’s cut of the Seminole gambling money – $3 billion over seven years – to go to education, split three ways among “K-12 teacher recruitment and retention bonuses,” “schools that serve students from persistently failing schools,” and “higher education institutions to recruit and retain distinguished faculty.”

 

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

2 Comments

  1. Well, there’s a first time for everything I suppose. But I will tell you this. Neither bill either is gonna fly. LoL. There’s just no way in hell them Seminoles are gonna pay 3.Billion dollars after Florida lost its lawsuit. Thats just asking for another lawsuit. Paid for by Floridians again.

    Judge Hinkle said “A poisoned apple is a poisoned apple.” Them pre.reveal slots machines might bring an end to the actual compact. And maybe thats just what needs to happen.

  2. I don’t know if Florida understand this but if they break the other half of the compact(slots) then the other half of revenue would also be cut from Floridas budget and the Seminole will have the slots with no revanie share till 2030 as well. Now if Florida wants to go to a losing court battle again then so be it, that’s just more taxpayers dollars being wasted on a DOA lawsuit.

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