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Gaming

Gaming is an established business sector in Florida; its roots stretch back to the 1890s. Recent rapid changes have transformed gaming industries, but laws and tax policies have not kept pace. Senate President Don Gaetz charged the Gaming Committee with conducting a comprehensive critical assessment and formulating an action plan.

Proposed Committee Bills

The Gaming Committee published three separate proposed committee bills. To download copies of the bills and the latest amendments and analyses, use the links below:

  • SPB 7050: Gambling—A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the State Constitution that any additional gambling authorized by law will not take effect until a public ballot measure is approved by a majority of voters statewide
  • SPB 7052: Gaming—A comprehensive act relating to gaming (see tracing charts (PDF) for linkages with current law provisions that were reorganized and rewritten)
  • SPB 7054: Public Records/Gaming Control—Providing an exemption for proprietary confidential business information in specified applications

Information Resources

The Senate Gaming Committee has assembled a variety of information resources, including:

  • Spectrum's Gambling Impact Study (8 MB PDF, 708 pages), commissioned jointly by the Senate and House to set a factual foundation for important policy choices the Legislature will consider during the 2014 Regular Session.
  • Online comments (2 MB PDF, 406 PAGES) and mail or email comments (11 MB PDF, 255 PAGES) submitted by members of the public in the autumn of 2013. Additional comments may be communicated to Senators directly. The Find Your Legislators and Gaming Committee pages have links to contact information.
  • Diverse testimony from public workshops across the state (handouts or comments delivered at a particular workshop are included among documents for the meeting). Meetings are listed below, together with links to Documents and Videos. Complete meeting records are posted on the Gaming Committee page.
Date Workshop/Meeting Documents Video Speakers Handouts Comments
October 7, 2013 Spectrum Gaming Group Panel Meeting Packet (11 MB PDF, 788 pages) 2:56 6 0 0
October 23, 2013 Coconut Creek Workshop Meeting Packet (3 MB PDF, 68 pages) 3:10 77 6 17
October 30, 2013 Lakeland Workshop Meeting Packet (5 MB PDF, 98 pages) 2:43 59 4 7
November 4, 2013 Tallahassee Committee Meeting Meeting Packet (2 MB PDF, 44 pages) 1:59 13 1 0
November 14, 2013 Pensacola Workshop Meeting Packet (9 MB PDF, 99 pages) 2:12 36 4 10
November 15, 2013 Jacksonville Workshop Meeting Packet (4 MB PDF, 65 pages) 2:18 49 4 6
December 9, 2013 Tallahassee Committee Meeting Meeting Packet (4 MB PDF, 87 pages) 1:35 49 4 6

Public Workshops

Map of All Public Workshop Locations

1

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 4:00 — 7:00 PM

Broward College, North Campus
OMNI Auditorium   Map
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066

2

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 3:00 — 6:00 PM

George Jenkins High School
Auditorium   Map
6000 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, FL 33813

3

Monday, November 4, 2013, 12:00 — 3:00 PM

Toni Jennings Committee Room
110 Senate Office Building   Map
404 S. Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

4

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 1:30 — 4:30 PM

WSRE-TV
Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio    Map
1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504

5

Friday, November 15, 2013, 2:00 — 5:00 PM

Florida State College at Jacksonville Downtown Campus
Advanced Technology Center   Map
401 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

6

Monday, December 9, 2013 1:00 — 3:00 PM

Toni Jennings Committee Room
110 Senate Office Building   Map
404 S. Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100