A pair of payments within the Florida Senate would create a state gaming fee and permit pari-mutuel amenities to supply sure types of playing with out holding dwell horse races or jai alai video games to wager on.
According to a report from CBS Miami, Senate President Wilton Simpson introduced that Regulated Industries Committee will think about SB 7076 and SB 7080 throughout their conferences subsequent week. The transfer comes whereas officers are engaged with negotiations with the Seminole Tribe over a brand new gaming compact.
SB 7076 would create a five-member “Gaming Control Commission” which might oversee all the state’s gaming actions. Currently, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering oversees Florida’s business playing market. The Seminole Tribe of Florida has their very own fee which regulates gaming at its a number of tribal properties all through the state.
Since the Seminole Tribe operates on sovereign land, the brand new fee wouldn’t regulate exercise at any Seminole-owned on line casino.
Pari-mutuel amenities in Florida got the suitable to supply “designated player” card video games, which has been the crux of the holdup between the Seminole Tribe, which was given the unique proper to supply Class III gaming in Florida, and a brand new compact. The tribe contends that these video games violate the present settlement.
A handful of pari-mutuel amenities in Broward County got the power to function slot machines. Those operations are regulated by the Office of Slot Operations, which is inside the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
The card video games and slot machines got as a reward of types for continued assist of Florida’s racing business. But in 2018, residents voted in favor of banning greyhound racing at these amenities. In idea, that transfer would strip a number of properties of their proper to supply some type of playing.
SB 7080 would formally take away that requirement and permit the amenities that had been already providing playing along with racing to proceed to supply these actions after the racing stops.
Neither of the payments tackle playing growth or sports activities betting, which is one other main level of rivalry within the compact negotiations with the tribe. Lawmakers filed sports activities betting laws earlier this 12 months, however nothing has been handed but, and sure gained’t, till a brand new settlement is reached with the Seminoles.