AMENDMENT 3: Yes
This proposal would require any new casino gambling establishments to be approved by a citizen-led constitutional amendment.
It wouldn’t affect the Legislature’s authority over dog racing, horse racing or the Seminole Tribe casinos. Nor would it stop the state from regulating or taxing any gambling operation, including casinos.
It has a rare group of supporters, including Disney World and the Seminole Nation as well as anti-casino groups. It is opposed by someone we respect, Howard Korman of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing.
After study and interviews, we are inclined to support the amendment for three reasons:
1. We’re not confident in the Legislature’s ability to tackle this issue, especially given all the money being thrown at it from all sides.
2. Both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters support it, a rarity.
3. The proposal isn’t automatically anti-gambling or anti-casino. Between 1978 and 2004, voters approved two gambling initiatives and turned down three.
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