Marie Kelley – World Casino News – 4/25/17
An amendment has been proposed for the constitution of Florida that would see casinos created in the state, only if voters have provided approval. The proposal has now garnered the backing of the state Supreme Court after a vote took place and the majority showed their support for the measure.
According to the Miami Herald, the state Supreme Court was divided on the issue, yet the majority ruled in favor as the amendment would give voters the ‘exclusive right’ to decide if casino gambling would be authorized in the state. The vote came in at 4 to 2, with Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Charles Canady, Peggy Quince and Barbara Pariente in support of the proposal. Justices R. Fred Lewis and Ricky Polston were not in favor. Having joined the court late last year, Justice Alan Lawson did not participate in the vote.
Being against the proposal, Polston stated that the amendment to the constitution would restrict gambling expansion in the state and is misleading and in violation of the single-subject requirement. Polston says the proposal does not guarantee voters will know the effects that are possible based on another amendment to the constitution that was passed in 2004, authorizing slot machine gaming in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. That amendment required local voters to approve slot machine gaming.
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