Top House representatives are currently pushing for a new casino bill to be passed to allow the development of new casinos in South Florida. The last time a casino bill was discussed was back in 2012 and the bill was rejected by the House. This year the bill has received a lot more support in the House and if approved could see the construction of two new casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
The bill was discussed in the House on the 26th of March and after the four hour workshop it was still apparent that there were a number of objections that needed to be addressed. The opposition comes mostly from business groups who do not want casinos to be legalized but other factions such as the dog track owners also have a few reservations on the new bill.
The bill, (HB 1233 “The Gaming Control Act of 2015″) was introduced into the House by Republican caucus leader Dana Young on March 2 – if passed in its current form it would radically change gambling opportunities in the state and end exclusive revenues currently collected from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of the Hard Rock brand and several casinos in the state.