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Peeking at cards during a poker game
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Gambling is shaping up to be a major issue this legislative session. A bill filed in the Senate touches nearly every aspect of the industry from fantasy sports to greyhound racing. And each of those issues carries its own set of implications. For some it’s about finding more money to fund state projects, for others it’s about entertainment or spending time with friends and for those living in the city of Gretna it’s about jobs and a path toward stability.

Jeff Kubina

After a Tallahassee Appeals Court reversed its decision and ruled legislative approval is needed for pari-mutuels to operate slot machines, a track in Gretna is hoping the state Supreme Court will take the case.

Attorney Marc Dunbar with the firm Jones Walker, is representing Creek Entertainment in Gretna. He says the question is really a state-wide issue, with several pari-mutuels other than North Florida's involved.

Two South Florida lawmakers are making a second attempt to change the greyhound racing industry in Florida. James Call reports they want to lift a mandate requiring tracks to offer live racing in order to qualify for poker rooms and other forms of gambling.

As a rallying cry it doesn’t have the impact of no justice no peace but it captures what Delray Beach Senator Maria Sachs wants to do:

“Decouple these dogs, Decouple these dogs.”