Alexandra Glorioso – Naples Daily News – 4/20/17
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court released a divided advisory opinion Thursday that approves language for a constitutional amendment that would require voter approval for gambling expansion, delaying negotiations that were supposed to begin in the Legislature over a gaming resolution.
The court’s opinion allows a Tallahasee-based nonprofit called Voters in Charge to move forward with gathering signatures for a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that could potentially strip future Senate President Bill Galvano and future House Speaker Jose Oliva of their authority to expand gambling when they take over as legislative leaders next year.
The amendment would ask Florida voters whether the Legislature will continue to be in charge of gambling expansion or whether that power will be transferred to voters through a statewide citizens vote.
It’s unclear whether the amendment would be retroactive, potentially undoing any gambling compromise the Legislature might reach this year.
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