House gaming bill won’t help Ebro get slots

  Patrons watch multiple simulcast races on screens at Ebro Greyhound Park last week. Heather Leipha

Patrons watch multiple simulcast races on screens at Ebro Greyhound Park last week. Photo by Heather Leiphart | The News Herald

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM.

TALLAHASSEE — Comprehensive gaming legislation in the state House won’t help Ebro Greyhound Park’s quest for slots.

The bill (HB 1383), filed earlier this week, reflects House Speaker Will Weatherford’s low view of the gaming industry and desire to avoid expanding it. The bill does not include a plan for two South Florida destination casinos, like a similar Senate measure (SPB 7052), nor would it allow slots in several counties, including Washington, which have approved them by voter referenda.

Instead, the bill would overhaul Florida statutes, cleaning up the codes and adding a Gaming Control Commission to regulate the industry.

Gaming Committee Chairman Rob Schenck, R-Spring Hill, filed the 411-page bill, sure to be the chief piece of legislation his committee hears during the 2014 session.

For full story and more, read the March 8 edition of the Washington County News.



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