Senate Gambling Bill Ready For A Vote

Mar 29, 2017

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Florida Senators have teed their gambling overhaul bill up for a vote on the floor Thursday .

The full chamber discussed the measure Wednesday. Bradenton Republican Senator Bill Galvano is the bill sponsor. He says each of the provisions in the bill are contingent on one another as well as on the state’s ability to negotiate an agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

“And of course we have negotiations to do with the House of Representatives as well. So what this bill will do is get us in a position to move forward through the process,” Galvano said.

The Senate measure remains substantially different from the House gambling bill. For example, the Senate measure contains a provision to allow certain pari-mutuels to offer slot machines, while the House bill does not.