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Gambling bill proposal with Palm Beach slots, destination casinos comes out later today

Well, it looks like the gambling legislative wars are starting -- with talk of slots in Palm Beach County and a destination casino in South Florida -- even though this year's session in Tallahassee doesn't begin until Tuesday.

The Miami Herald (and Tampa Bay Times) reported Monday morning that House Republican Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, will announce a bill at 3 p.m. Monday that will allow at least one destination resort casino in South Florida, decouple racinos and dog racing and give North Florida parimutuels incentives to close or transfer assets to South Florida. The Tampa Tribune predicted the bill last week.

The bill also would allow slots in Palm Beach County.

What the heck? Let us become Sodom and Gomorrah, conservative legislators figure. (I admit to stealing that line from a South Florida gambling expert.)

I'm figuring the Seminoles are not happy about the bill because of the competition another destination casino would bring. I'm not sure about the  blackjack and other table-games provisions.

The press conference is at 3 p.m., and we'll have a story afterward.

The Senate has no such bill proposed and, remember, Sen. Garrett Richter said last year he was going to propose destination casinos, and then pulled the idea. Then, the senate gambling committee dissolved.

Here we go, folks. The sausagemaking is about to begin.





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