South Florida is being dealt a new hand under a bill being proposed by the Florida Senate.
If the new gambling legislation filed Thursday by state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, passes, South Florida could have two new casinos, the seven racetrack casinos already here would get blackjack, and the Seminole casinos would get craps and roulette.
Statewide, the eight counties that have voted to allow slot machines could get them, and the state would receive billions of dollars at a time when state economists are predicting $3 billion in budget shortfalls over the next three years.
But the Florida House has its own ideas, which will differ from the Senate version. And both chambers of the legislature are still in negotiations with the Seminole tribe and the governor’s office over updating a gambling agreement.
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