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Some greyhound owners and racers are asking state regulators to reconsider a highly unusual decision to decouple slot machines from dog racing.

Jeff Kubina

Lawmakers have folded on plans to pass a comprehensive gambling overhaul bill this legislative session.

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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

The state’s economists are looking into the revenue slot machines are expected to produce this year. Estimators are seeing lower numbers from some locations, including one in Flagler. Chief Economist Amy Baker says that change could be connected to Hurricane Matthew, but that’s not the only explanation.

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.

Will a recent Supreme Court decision to allow more slot machines in South Florida lead to expansion of gambling throughout the rest of the state? Sascha Cordner delves into a recent decision by the high court to uphold a lower court ruling.

In 2004, Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment that allows several pari-mutuel facilities in South Florida to carry slot machines. That means places, like dog tracks and horse tracks, could now have slots in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.