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March 30, 2017

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Senate Passes Comprehensive Gaming Legislation

Tallahassee —

The Florida Senate today passed Senate Bill 8, Gaming, by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton). Senator Galvano and Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) released the following statements.

Statement by President Negron:

“This legislation will provide needed certainty and predictability in our state gaming policies. I am pleased to see the Senate pass legislation that ratifies the 2015 Compact executed by Governor Scott with modifications that ensure we honor the will of our fellow citizens in the eight counties that have approved referenda to expand the availability of gaming options. I appreciate Senator Galvano’s leadership in working with all stakeholders to formalize a comprehensive piece of legislation that provides a foundation for further discussions with Governor Scott, our colleagues in the Florida House, the Seminole Tribe, industry stakeholders, and constituents.”

Statement by Senator Galvano:

“This legislation builds on work that has taken place and input received by the Senate over the last several years. The bill covers all aspects of gaming in our state in a comprehensive manner that addresses industry instability caused by antiquated and ambiguous provisions of current law.  It renews our ongoing revenue-sharing agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and recognizes the authority of local voters. Today’s action is an important step towards finalizing a statewide approach that respects all stakeholders, while modernizing Florida’s gaming laws, and maximizing revenues to the state for education, healthcare and infrastructure.”