The South Florida casino bill that passed its first vote in the Florida House of Representative last week has prompted bills that regulate other gaming businesses, while opponents move ahead aggressively in the media.
The bill filed by state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, would allow three Las Vegas-style casino resorts in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports that a bill filed by state Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, that would regulate Internet cafés in Florida passed a Senate committee vote this morning. The Democrat adds that the “committee tabled another bill (SB 428) that would ban the businesses outright.”
On Monday, a House subcommittee approved a bill filed by state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood that would prohibit Internet cafés in Florida that have, according to the bill, a “deleterious” effect.
According to No Casinos, the Plakon bill would “close a loophole on unauthorized gambling in Florida” and “reign in so-called “internet cafés.”
No Casinos, the anti-gambling coalition that includes the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Attractions Association, the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the Florida Sheriffs Association, released another ad Thursday:
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported this week that “backers of a controversial plan to bring high-end destination-casino resorts to Florida initially billed it as a way to limit gambling in the state. But the measure has since morphed into a behemoth of a bill that could spread slot machines — if not casinos — to every corner of the Sunshine State.”