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Senate leaders in Florida to discuss gaming
State lawmakers are about to have some serious discussions on expanded gambling and there's a fifty-fifty chance voters will have the final say.
Florida voters have said no to expanded casino gaming twice - in 1986 and 1994.
This year, the state senate has held four public hearings about gambling - including one in Pensacola.
They were prompted by proposals for new resort casinos and by dog tracks begging for slots or other gaming, so they can stay in business.
House Speaker Will Weatherford is suggesting that lawmakers rewrite gambling laws this year, then require a vote of the people to make changes after that.
Pat Roberts/ 1994 Gambling Initiative: "My gut is that's an easier thing to get done with this legislator, because they could say we gave the people a choice in November instead of them doing it."
He may be right..
In 2004 voters statewide passed an amendment that allowed Miami Dade and Broward Counties to hold their own votes on slot machines.