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House votes on senate gambling bill—by amending it with their own bill

The House stood its ground, voting 73-40 Wednesday to replace the Senate’s gambling overhaul (SB 8) with its own version (HB 7037).

That sets up the conference process by which both sides say they can “iron out the differences” between their different approaches.

The gulf is wide, with the House wanting to lock down gambling expansion in the state and the Senate open to a host of new gambling opportunities.

The House bill also would divert revenue share from a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, $3 billion over seven years, to educational initiatives including shoring up “persistently failing” schools.

Some Democrats, who unsuccessfully tried to scuttle those provisions with their own amendments, complained that would mean money goes to charter schools.

House ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ sponsor says bill still in play

Hialeah Republican Bryan Avila is keeping hope alive that a bill to allow retailers to sell hard liquor in the same store as other goods will garner enough votes for passage.

“We had some late issues come up,” he said after Wednesday’s floor session.

Lawyers for Publix, the Florida supermarket chain that opposes the measure (SB 106/HB 81), this week said it would mean teenage employees wouldn’t be allowed to work in stores where booze is sold.

But Avila said he disagreed with that reading of the bill and alcoholic beverage statutes. The latest issue came up after other critics raised concerns that gas stations would be allowed to sell distilled spirits under the measure.

“Trust me: I can tell you with certainty I have experienced every thing imaginable that could possibly happen in the legislative process with this bill,” Avila said.

The Senate passed it last month.

Written By

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 jim@floridapolitics.com.

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