Florida Casinos in Hands of Legislators, Not Voters

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on December 6, 2012

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature, not the voters will be deciding the fate of the state’s gambling future. Genting, the Malaysian gambling company, spent nearly $1 million to move the decision from the state’s lawmakers to the voting populace only to fall short. Now Genting says it will work with legislators to change the existing law, which restricts casinos to tribal-run operations only.

Genting spent half a billion dollars to acquire Miami Herald land for a proposed mega resort that included hotels, a casino, restaurants, clubs, and shopping. Genting wanting voters to approve lifting of the restrictions on casino ownership, but Florida voters had already struck down three constitutional amendments to approve casino gambling. In 2004, they did approve a measure that allowed South Florida counties to decide whether or not to add slot machines to dog and horse tracks already in existence.

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