The Senate’s comprehensive gaming package, Senate Bill 8, today passed the Committee on Appropriations and is ready to go to the Senate floor when the 2017 legislation begins March 7.

The bill would regulate online fantasy sports and allow the state to buy out active gaming permits in exchange for new slots licenses. And it would start the conversation with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for a new compact with the state.

Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who introduced and ushered SB 8 through its committee stops, released this statement:

“Florida is a diverse state and our constituents have many different opinions, beliefs and convictions regarding gaming. This legislation does not attempt to make value judgments about the private activities of free, taxpaying Floridians. Instead it presents a comprehensive approach to regulating a voter-approved industry that has contributed billions of dollars to our economy for education, health care and infrastructure, while providing hundreds of thousands of jobs to Floridians over the course of nearly 100 years.

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