Florida struggles with sports betting debate

Florida continues to debate sports betting.
Florida continues to debate sports betting.

A gambling bill in Florida would bring sports betting to the state remains far from passing as the Seminole Tribe isn’t yet part of discussions.

US.- The gambling industry continues to expand in the US and more and more states are passing their own reforms. However, Florida continues to struggle with its sports betting aimed legislation.

The state is debating the segment’s legislation but the Seminole Tribe hasn’t got involved yet. The natives are a key player in the industry and must give their support to get the bill going.

“It’s premature to believe that there is a negotiated deal between the chambers. That has not occurred yet,” Senate President Bill Galvano said.

Florida had already reached an agreement on sports betting with the Seminoles. However, Governor Ron De Santis dismissed the deal Sen. Wilton Simpson had accomplished.

More gaming changes

In Florida, voters approved Amendment 13 and decided to end live greyhound racing in the state by 2021, which had some tracks already setting the date for their final race, like Bonita Springs.

According to spokesperson Izzy Havenick, the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker will end dog racing in two years. Nonetheless, as the amendment only separated dog racing from poker rooms, the venue will continue to offer gambling at the Bonita Springs location.

“Our family-owned business will transition to new entertainment options for the community as we work with local leaders and area residents to continue to deliver for them,” Havenick stated.

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