Legislative Committees Studying Gambling Should Weigh Social and Economic Costs


(Tallahassee) – The Senate Select Committee on Gaming convened today in what Chairman Garrett Richter
described as a “comprehensive review of the gambling industry and associated regulatory framework.”

No Casinos today called on the legislature to ensure that any comprehensive review must include a serious analysis of the social and economic costs of casino-style gambling in Florida.

“Gambling cannibalizes existing jobs, commerce and tax revenues and leaves state taxpayers with the burden of paying for addiction, destitution and crime that are obvious side effects of this predatory industry,” said No Casinos President John Sowinski.  “It is time for a serious analysis of the very real social and economic costs of gambling.”