News came April 9, 2015 that South Florida residents may be able to decide if Las-Vegas casinos are built in their areas. The Florida House of Representatives voted for a limited gambling bill. However, legislators are not allowing two previously sought after casinos proposed for Broward and Miami-Dade counties to be built, yet. Legislators have agreed to let county commissioners hold referendums to assess if casinos should be allowed in South Florida. Representative Ritch Workman said he would like to know if casinos in “Downtown Miami” would be accepted by residents.
If voters approve casinos, legislators would still need to approve a bill. The current HB 1233 “Florida Gaming Control Act of 2015” allows slot machines at Lee and Palm Beach county dog tracks. A similar gaming bill has been proposed in the Senate that includes a one year extension on the Seminole Tribe’s gaming compact allowing them to exclusively offer table games in the state.