Representatives have suggested the state should legalise sports betting to address its budget shortfall.
US.- Two Members of the Florida House of Representatives, Chip LaMarca and Anika Omphroy have called for sports betting to be legalised in the state.
The representatives said the move would help to balance the state’s budget following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Three bills have already been filed at the house: one to legalise sports betting, one to implement the licence policy and one on the proposed tax structure.
Rep LaMarca said: “Right now, Floridians are sending millions of dollars out of the state every year, mostly overseas to foreign countries, because Florida has failed to bring legal sports wagering to our state.”
Rep Omphorym stated: “We need to boost our tourism and fill budget gaps for things like education and workforce training. Sports wagering can provide the funds that we are currently leaving on the table.”
An attempt was made last year to advance sports betting in the state, but it came to nothing because the Seminole tribe was not part of the discussions.