TALLAHASSEE - Attorneys for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to let stand a major ruling that blocked a Gadsden County pari-mutuel facility from having slot machines, a ruling that also affected Washington County and six other counties were voters have approved slots.
The Supreme Court in May unanimously ruled that Gretna Racing does not have the legal authority for slot machines, though Gadsden County voters approved the lucrative games in a referendum. Attorneys for Gretna filed a motion June 2 asking the Supreme Court for a rehearing, with the request focused heavily on counties' home-rule powers. But in six-page response Monday, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation said the horse track's request should be turned down.
“The (Supreme) Court has thoroughly considered the issue in this case and resolved it unanimously,” the department's response said. “The motion for rehearing should be denied.”