Senate gambling legislation appears dead for 2016 Session
State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon.

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Tom Lee, chairman of the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday said the chamber’s gambling bills wouldn’t be heard at the panel’s meeting.

Lee, a Brandon Republican, made the announcement as the meeting was about to begin, but didn’t get into details.

With committees generally unable to meet after Tuesday, the 50th day of the Legislative Session, the Senate’s gambling legislation and the proposed Seminole Compact appear dead for 2016.

Lee did say it was up to state Sen. Rob Bradley, the Fleming Island Republican who chairs the Regulated Industries Committee, to “revive” it.

The House has sent to the floor its rewrite of the Compact and dozens of changes to the state gambling law. Those changes would expand gambling opportunities for Floridians throughout the state, including card games and slot machines.

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Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor 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


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