Dan Sweeney – Sun Sentinel – 4/21/17
Following a Florida Supreme Court decision Thursday morning that gave the green light to a proposed constitutional amendment on gambling, negotiations between the Florida House and Senate over gambling legislation were called off.
The court ruled 4-2 that the amendment’s wording was not misleading and sticks to one subject. The amendment gives Florida voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling.”
Backers of the amendment will still need to gather more than 700,000 signatures to make the 2018 ballot. They had submitted 74,626 signatures as of Thursday, according to the state Division of Elections.
Two Supreme Court justices argued that the amendment was misleading because it is unclear how it would affect counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward, where voters have approved slot machines at dog and horse tracks.
Both the House and Senate have passed gambling bills this session, which ends May 5. The two bills are vastly different, forcing the two chambers to go into a conference to iron out the details.
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