(Tallahassee) – Florida has a strong bi-partisan tradition of opposing the legalization of casino-style gambling. Floridians have fought the battle against Las Vegas-style casinos, and we have won each time. In 1978, 1986 and 1994 Florida voters rejected high stakes casino gambling. Over the years, an important part of the No Casinos effort has been enlisting the support of those who have led our state to show their concern about this issue, and their opposition to the expansion of gambling.
It’s a cause that has united Democrats, Republicans and Independents since the 1970s. So in recognition of state leaders who opposed and continue to oppose the legalization of Las Vegas style casinos in Florida, we’re launching the No Casinos Statesmen’s Council to represent the unified, bipartisan view that expanded casino gambling will be harmful to Florida.
We also welcome other current and former statewide office holders to join this effort, and plan to continue to add to the ranks of the Council throughout 2014.
Special thanks to those who have already joined the No Casinos Statesmen’s Council, including:
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Bob Graham
Governor Jeb Bush
Governor Wayne Mixon
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Attorney General Pam Bondi
CFO Jeff Atwater
CFO Tom Gallagher
Speaker James Harold Thompson
Speaker Larry Cretul
Speaker Dean Cannon