House panel unsatisfied with gaming study’s conclusions

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 02:14 PM.

“There’s never going to be a simple thumbs up or thumbs down,” he said.

State Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, said the study gives legislators little to latch onto, as they look to craft and pass a comprehensive gaming bill during the 2014 legislative session.

“It seems to me that the effects are almost so negligible that it’s going to be very difficult for us to drag something out of this to make a hard decision,” Gibbons said.

The study is still in draft form, though the final version was due Oct. 1. Spectrum decided to hold back on submitting the final report while it worked to correct and update numbers on the economic and fiscal impacts of expanded gaming. The final version should be out in November.



State Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, brought up the issue of “decoupling” — no longer requiring pari-mutuel facilities to run a minimum number of races to operate a card room.

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