gambling http://wlrn.org en Session 2014: The Sunshine Edition - The Winners And Losers http://wlrn.org/post/session-2014-sunshine-edition-winners-and-losers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In our final installment of Session 2014: The Sunshine Edition, w</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">e</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> highlight the big events from this legislative season. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stand Your Ground reform did not get far, but bills to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities and to legalize a form of medical marijuana made it through the Republican-controlled legislature, and Governor Rick Scott says he will sign them.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:06:41 +0000 Elaine Chen 31723 at http://wlrn.org Session 2014: The Sunshine Edition - The Winners And Losers Palm Beach County Is Slot Out Of Luck http://wlrn.org/post/palm-beach-county-slot-out-luck <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This legislative session &nbsp;has toyed with the hearts of gaming aficionados who want more gambling, especially in Palm Beach County.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Giants like Genting&nbsp;are pushing for casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward, but Palm Beach doesn't seem to be getting the same amount of love.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Because of a vote that took place 10 years ago, Palm Beach doesn't allow slot machines in the county.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 08:02:30 +0000 Lisann Ramos 31692 at http://wlrn.org Palm Beach County Is Slot Out Of Luck Gambling-Industry Speculates Gov. Scott's Seminole Deal http://wlrn.org/post/gambling-industry-speculates-gov-scotts-seminole-deal <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p></p><p>In addition to legislation that won't go through, big players like Disney and the Seminole tribe are making sure the odds are against expanding Florida casino gambling.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:02:37 +0000 Lisann Ramos 30655 at http://wlrn.org Gambling-Industry Speculates Gov. Scott's Seminole Deal Florida Senate Committee Aims To End Greyhound Racing http://wlrn.org/post/florida-senate-committee-aims-end-greyhound-racing <p>The Florida Senate's Select Committee on Gaming makes its last stand in Tallahassee this week with a couple of bills that could end greyhound racing in the Sunshine State. It's the only gambling issue that still remains within the committee's grasp.</p><p>Click below to hear the radio story:</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:03:50 +0000 Rick Stone 30301 at http://wlrn.org Florida Senate Committee Aims To End Greyhound Racing Legislators, Who Want Voters To Make The Gambling Decisions: 'We Stink At This!' http://wlrn.org/post/legislators-who-want-voters-make-gambling-decisions-we-stink <p>In Tallahassee, the House package of gambling legislation includes a measure that would prevent the Florida Legislature from ever again making a big gambling decision. Click below to hear&nbsp;reporter Rick Stone's radio story on a possible cry for help from lawmakers who don’t think they’re any good at lawmaking.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:09:58 +0000 Rick Stone 29206 at http://wlrn.org Legislators, Who Want Voters To Make The Gambling Decisions: 'We Stink At This!' The Legislature's Big Time Suck: Wordy Casino Bills http://wlrn.org/post/legislatures-big-time-suck-wordy-casino-bills <p>The Florida Legislature formally opens its 60-day session on March 14, but it's already clear that the biggest time and energy suck of the session is likely to be the package of bills that could bring multi-billion-dollar&nbsp;resort casinos to South Florida.</p><p>The Senate Gaming Committee unveiled the legislation on Monday and, as WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Rick Stone tells us, it was also a chance for gambling opponents to preview their objections.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:50:13 +0000 Rick Stone 28686 at http://wlrn.org The Legislature's Big Time Suck: Wordy Casino Bills Casino Lobbyist Wants Gaming Committee To Consider Lower Tax Rates http://wlrn.org/post/casino-lobbyist-wants-gaming-committee-consider-lower-tax-rates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A lobbyist for an international casino operator that wants to expand into Florida called Monday for the state to create a strong gaming commission that would oversee all gambling --- including one destination resort casino in South Florida.<br /><br />However, Nick Iarossi, the lobbyist for Las Vegas Sands Corps., told members of the Senate Gaming Committee that proposed sales tax rates suggested in a new study on the future of gaming in Florida could hinder the construction of such a world class complex.<br /> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:54:45 +0000 Jim Turner & and News Service of Florida 23181 at http://wlrn.org Casino Lobbyist Wants Gaming Committee To Consider Lower Tax Rates Senate Committee Hears Local Feedback On Casino Expansion http://wlrn.org/post/senate-committee-hears-local-feedback-casino-expansion <p>Florida’s Senate Gaming Committee held its first public workshop recently to hear local perspectives about the future of gambling in the state as well as the potential social and economic impact expanded gaming would have on South Florida.</p><p>Early last year, state lawmakers shot down a bill to allow major casinos in South Florida. But now they’re reconsidering that decision, and possibly changing other state laws on gambling --- and that has plenty of people concerned.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:43:58 +0000 Rachel Morello 22915 at http://wlrn.org Senate Committee Hears Local Feedback On Casino Expansion Who's Betting On Florida's Gambling Future http://wlrn.org/post/whos-betting-floridas-gambling-future <p></p><p>Legal gambling has brought in millions of dollars to the state of Florida. But it's money that could be at risk if the state does not strike a new casino deal with the Seminole Indians over an exclusive arrangement that limits competition toward certain gambling operations managed by the Native American nation.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 22588 at http://wlrn.org Who's Betting On Florida's Gambling Future Miami Jai-Alai Looks To Catch On Again Despite Financial Reality http://wlrn.org/post/miami-jai-alai-looks-catch-again-despite-financial-reality <p></p><p>Out near the Miami Airport there&rsquo;s a place that used to be one of the hottest spots in Miami.&nbsp;Imagine the perfect mixture of athletics, spectacle, and speed. Jai-Alai. It&rsquo;s like handball, only you fling the ball and catch the ball with this basket thing.</p><p>But it&#39;s also more complicated than that, and dangerous. But the way Jai-Alai attendance is growing, in seven years ,followers say it will eclipse baseball.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:59:58 +0000 Gustavo Solis & Patience Haggin 21962 at http://wlrn.org Miami Jai-Alai Looks To Catch On Again Despite Financial Reality Gambling Study Raises Doubts At Florida Senate Hearing http://wlrn.org/post/gambling-study-raises-doubts-florida-senate-hearing <p>A massive expansion of gambling throughout Florida could boost state coffers by $1 billion a year instead of a $22 million loss previously estimated, authors of a gaming study told a Senate committee on Monday.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:20:11 +0000 Dara Kam & News Service of Florida 21805 at http://wlrn.org Gambling Study Raises Doubts At Florida Senate Hearing Senate Committee Probes Gambling Issue With Authors Of Delayed Report http://wlrn.org/post/senate-committee-takes-gambling-issue-authors-delayed-report <p></p><p>A Florida Senate committee on gaming will take up the controversial issue of expanding casinos and gambling in the state at a hearing today in Tallahassee.</p><p>The hearing will include a discussion between elected officials and analysts from New Jersey-based consulting firm Spectrum Gaming Group, a firm with strong ties to the casino industry. The company was commissioned by lawmakers to compile <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-delay-highly-anticipated-gambling-study" target="_blank">a much-anticipated report on the impact of gambling on economic growth</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21425 at http://wlrn.org Senate Committee Probes Gambling Issue With Authors Of Delayed Report Authors Of Florida Gambling Study To Appear At Senate Hearing Monday http://wlrn.org/post/authors-florida-gambling-study-appear-senate-hearing-monday <p>A study measuring the potential economic impact of gambling casinos in Florida has been delayed a month. It was due October 1.</p><p>In a letter to legislative leaders, Spectrum Gaming Group&nbsp;requested a new deadline of November 1&nbsp;to complete the study.</p><p>Their request came after state economists questioned the economic models used in the report.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-delay-highly-anticipated-gambling-study" target="_blank">RELATED: Florida Lawmakers Delay Highly Anticipated Gambling Study</a></strong></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:20:21 +0000 Gina Jordan 21609 at http://wlrn.org Authors Of Florida Gambling Study To Appear At Senate Hearing Monday Florida Lawmakers Delay Highly Anticipated Gambling Study http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-delay-highly-anticipated-gambling-study <p>A $400,000 gambling report will be delayed because it is too confusing and needs to be reviewed for accuracy, according to Senate Gaming Committee Chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples.</p><p>The final portions of a three-part study by Spectrum Gaming Group were due to the Legislature on Tuesday, the same day executives at the New Jersey-based gambling research firm asked for another 30 days to complete the study conducted with its partner Regional Economic Models Inc., or REMI.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:52:29 +0000 Dara Kam & News Service Of Florida 21532 at http://wlrn.org Florida Lawmakers Delay Highly Anticipated Gambling Study