Opinion: Florida gaming expansion bill leads to less gaming

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, Florida
A view of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Photo from Facebook

Writer argues that a bill to expand gaming in Florida will lead to a decrease in the number of non-Indian facilities and an increase in the quality of new facilities:
In the possibility that state Rep. Dana Young’s Gaming Control Act of 2015 passes the Legislature, one thing is sure: There will be significant changes in Florida gambling, although maybe not what many expect.

First, South Florida may well become a home to two destination casinos, dog tracks end live greyhound races and slot machines proliferate into new parts of the state.

Then again, the far-reaching bill might actually reduce gambling in Florida.

If the bill is the “biggest expansion of gambling in Florida history,” as anti-expansion group No Casinos argues, how can that be?

The key is the overall gambling footprint in Florida, not simply a raw number of machines or games. One presumption is that gaming is gaming, regardless. Whether betting at the dog track or on blackjack at the casino – gaming takes place.

Get the Story:
Phil Ammann: When evaluating Dana Young’s gambling bill, it helps to think about ‘footprints’ (Saint Peters Blog 3/4)

Another Opinion:
John Sowinski: Don’t let Florida fall victim to gambling’s toxicity (The Tampa Tribune 3/3)

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