Florida passes another bill

The Senate and the House of Florida approved two different gaming bills.

Gaming regulations are imminent in Florida as both the Senate and the House seem likely to approve a final project this year.

US.- Whilst legislators of the State of Florida have compromised to carry out a complete debate on potential gaming regulations, the House has passed its own version of the casino bill this week. During the sessions’ final weeks, representatives of both chambers will discuss a joint project to regulate the gaming market, according to the US press.

Yesterday the Florida House passed the PCB TGC 17-01 bill, which would grant the Seminole native tribe further rights of casino operations in exchange of US$3 billion over seven years. Meanwhile, the Senate passed later in March the gaming bill that would expand the casino and racing industries in the State.

Although legislators have not set a date to negotiate the final version of the regulation, it is expected that they sentence a resolution in the following months. The House’s bill limits the gaming market for only Seminole’s operations, whilst the Senate’s project would expand it with pari-mutuels in eight Florida counties and further betting centres statewide.

“I stand firm in the Senate position and will not negotiate against myself,” commented Senator Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, chair of the Senate’s higher education committee, to Naples News. Galvano is also the sponsor of Senate’s bill. On the other hand, Representative Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, supporter of the House Bill 7037, which strengthens Seminole’s monopoly of the gaming industry in the State, said: “Areas that don’t expand gaming have the most potential for negotiations from our side.” La Rosa also chairs the tourism and gaming House subcommittee.

A final resolution is expected soon in order to define whether Florida becomes a casino and gaming region or if it keeps its position of banning the industry.