No Casinos, Inc. has unveiled a new video, called “Two Bills” that gives a side-by-side comparison of the two gambling bills making their way through the Florida Legislature.
The fast-paced, animated presentation lists the major differences between HB 7037 in the Florida House of Representatives and CS/SB 8 in the Florida House:
- The House bill does not allow slot machines in pari-mutuel facilities outside Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The Senate bill gives slots immediately to 8 facilities, but allows for others to get slot machines in the future.
- The House bill stops new casinos from entering Florida. The Senate bill would create two new Las Vegas-style casinos in Florida.
- The House bill stops the so-called “designated player” games that violate state law and were the center of a lawsuit between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and jeopardizes hundreds of millions in revenue to the state. The Senate gives these games to all pari-mutuels.
- The House bill does not give new forms of gambling to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Senate bill expands tribal gambling.
- The House bill prevents the spread of black jack to South Florida pari-mutuels. The Senate bill spreads black jack to these facilities.
“Expanding gambling is the wrong social and economic policy for Florida. The legislature’s own economists have repeatedly said in presentations that, ‘some or all of the jobs, wages and tax revenues attributed to gambling enterprises may be simply transferred from elsewhere,'” said John Sowinski, President of No Casinos.
“For Florida Legislators, the choice is clear,” Sowinski continued. “They can either massively expand gambling, threaten our state’s families and businesses and put our family-friendly tourism brand at risk by going with the Senate plan, or follow the lead of the Florida House bill by advancing a sensible strategy to control the spread of gambling in our state.”