Florida Senate receives gaming bill

The State’s Committee on Appropriations passed the gambling bill yesterday.

US.- The Florida Committee on Appropriations approved yesterday the gambling Senate Bill 8 presented and updated by Senator Bill Galvano. When the legislature session begins on March 7, State officials will be able to debate over the bill that proposes a legal framework for daily fantasy sports and further slots licenses.

“Specifically, the goal of this legislation is to negotiate a new Compact that continues our relationship with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, remove antiquated provisions of law that impact pari-mutuel facilities, and honor voter referendums that authorise expanded gaming opportunities in certain Florida counties,” stated Senator Galvano.

After yesterday’s approval, the gambling bill will be treated by the full Senate floor during the next sessions, which begin on March. As well as legalising online daily fantasy sports, the gaming law would create organisations of veterans to operate electronic bingo services. “It presents a comprehensive approach to regulating a voter-approved industry that has contributed billions of dollars to our economy for education, health care and infrastructure, while providing hundreds of thousands of jobs to Floridians over the course of nearly 100 years,” continues the Senator’s statement.

“On a statewide basis and locally, voters have told us they support gaming in this state. The people of Florida have even gone so far as to authorise gaming in our state constitution. With that directive in mind, my goal has always been to maximise opportunities for revenue sharing between the state and gaming establishments,” he added,