Bill to expand casino Gaming makes



The Buzz: Bill to expand casino gaming makes
headway.

The Buzz: Bill to expand casino gaming makes
headway.

Bill to expand casino Gaming makes
headway

A reconstituted casino gaming bill
emerged Tuesday in the Senate, allowing for a casino to be built in each of five
regions of the state, but forbidding casinos in Orlando’s tourism havens. It
also provides sweeteners to the parimutuel industry. The bill, by Sen. Oscar
Braynon
, D-Miami, was approved 4-2 by the Senate Commerce and Tourism
Committee after a series of amendments.

It revives much of the language from a
bill proposed by Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, but gives
horse and dog tracks and jai alai frontons that operate slot machines in
Miami-Dade and Broward counties the same casino games and the same tax rate as
the so-called resort casinos — 10 percent.

Jones wouldn’t agree to providing tax
breaks to the parimutuel industry and, faced with amendments, pulled his bill
from consideration last week. Braynon acknowledged the new casinos would violate
the gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe but predicted it would create
100,000 jobs and bring in more revenue than the $235 million lost from tribal
revenue. “This is the only bill that I have seen that actually produces jobs,”
said Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach.

Bill to expand casino Gaming makes
headway

A reconstituted casino gaming bill
emerged Tuesday in the Senate, allowing for a casino to be built in each of five
regions of the state, but forbidding casinos in Orlando’s tourism havens. It
also provides sweeteners to the parimutuel industry. The bill, by Sen. Oscar
Braynon
, D-Miami, was approved 4-2 by the Senate Commerce and Tourism
Committee after a series of amendments.

It revives much of the language from a
bill proposed by Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, but gives
horse and dog tracks and jai alai frontons that operate slot machines in
Miami-Dade and Broward counties the same casino games and the same tax rate as
the so-called resort casinos — 10 percent.

Jones wouldn’t agree to providing tax
breaks to the parimutuel industry and, faced with amendments, pulled his bill
from consideration last week. Braynon acknowledged the new casinos would violate
the gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe but predicted it would create
100,000 jobs and bring in more revenue than the $235 million lost from tribal
revenue. “This is the only bill that I have seen that actually produces jobs,”
said Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach.
Bill to expand casino Gaming makes
headway
A reconstituted casino gaming bill
emerged Tuesday in the Senate, allowing for a casino to be built in each of five
regions of the state, but forbidding casinos in Orlando’s tourism havens. It
also provides sweeteners to the parimutuel industry. The bill, by Sen. Oscar
Braynon
, D-Miami, was approved 4-2 by the Senate Commerce and Tourism
Committee after a series of amendments.
It revives much of the language from a
bill proposed by Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, but gives
horse and dog tracks and jai alai frontons that operate slot machines in
Miami-Dade and Broward counties the same casino games and the same tax rate as
the so-called resort casinos — 10 percent.
Jones wouldn’t agree to providing tax
breaks to the parimutuel industry and, faced with amendments, pulled his bill
from consideration last week. Braynon acknowledged the new casinos would violate
the gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe but predicted it would create
100,000 jobs and bring in more revenue than the $235 million lost from tribal
revenue. “This is the only bill that I have seen that actually produces jobs,”
said Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach.
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