casinos http://blog.wlrn.org en Casino Lobbyist Wants Gaming Committee To Consider Lower Tax Rates http://blog.wlrn.org/post/casino-lobbyist-wants-gaming-committee-consider-lower-tax-rates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A lobbyist for an international casino operator that wants to expand into Florida called Monday for the state to create a strong gaming commission that would oversee all gambling --- including one destination resort casino in South Florida.<br /><br />However, Nick Iarossi, the lobbyist for Las Vegas Sands Corps., told members of the Senate Gaming Committee that proposed sales tax rates suggested in a new study on the future of gaming in Florida could hinder the construction of such a world class complex.<br /> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:54:45 +0000 Jim Turner & and News Service of Florida 23181 at http://blog.wlrn.org Casino Lobbyist Wants Gaming Committee To Consider Lower Tax Rates Senate Committee Hears Local Feedback On Casino Expansion http://blog.wlrn.org/post/senate-committee-hears-local-feedback-casino-expansion <p>Florida’s Senate Gaming Committee held its first public workshop recently to hear local perspectives about the future of gambling in the state as well as the potential social and economic impact expanded gaming would have on South Florida.</p><p>Early last year, state lawmakers shot down a bill to allow major casinos in South Florida. But now they’re reconsidering that decision, and possibly changing other state laws on gambling --- and that has plenty of people concerned.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:43:58 +0000 Rachel Morello 22915 at http://blog.wlrn.org Senate Committee Hears Local Feedback On Casino Expansion Gambling Study Raises Doubts At Florida Senate Hearing http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gambling-study-raises-doubts-florida-senate-hearing <p>A massive expansion of gambling throughout Florida could boost state coffers by $1 billion a year instead of a $22 million loss previously estimated, authors of a gaming study told a Senate committee on Monday.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:20:11 +0000 Dara Kam & News Service of Florida 21805 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gambling Study Raises Doubts At Florida Senate Hearing Senate Committee Probes Gambling Issue With Authors Of Delayed Report http://blog.wlrn.org/post/senate-committee-takes-gambling-issue-authors-delayed-report <p></p><p>A Florida Senate committee on gaming will take up the controversial issue of expanding casinos and gambling in the state at a hearing today in Tallahassee.</p><p>The hearing will include a discussion between elected officials and analysts from New Jersey-based consulting firm Spectrum Gaming Group, a firm with strong ties to the casino industry. The company was commissioned by lawmakers to compile <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-delay-highly-anticipated-gambling-study" target="_blank">a much-anticipated report on the impact of gambling on economic growth</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21425 at http://blog.wlrn.org Senate Committee Probes Gambling Issue With Authors Of Delayed Report Authors Of Florida Gambling Study To Appear At Senate Hearing Monday http://blog.wlrn.org/post/authors-florida-gambling-study-appear-senate-hearing-monday <p>A study measuring the potential economic impact of gambling casinos in Florida has been delayed a month. It was due October 1.</p><p>In a letter to legislative leaders, Spectrum Gaming Group&nbsp;requested a new deadline of November 1&nbsp;to complete the study.</p><p>Their request came after state economists questioned the economic models used in the report.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-delay-highly-anticipated-gambling-study" target="_blank">RELATED: Florida Lawmakers Delay Highly Anticipated Gambling Study</a></strong></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:20:21 +0000 Gina Jordan 21609 at http://blog.wlrn.org Authors Of Florida Gambling Study To Appear At Senate Hearing Monday Florida Lawmakers Delay Highly Anticipated Gambling Study http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-delay-highly-anticipated-gambling-study <p>A $400,000 gambling report will be delayed because it is too confusing and needs to be reviewed for accuracy, according to Senate Gaming Committee Chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples.</p><p>The final portions of a three-part study by Spectrum Gaming Group were due to the Legislature on Tuesday, the same day executives at the New Jersey-based gambling research firm asked for another 30 days to complete the study conducted with its partner Regional Economic Models Inc., or REMI.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:52:29 +0000 Dara Kam & News Service Of Florida 21532 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Lawmakers Delay Highly Anticipated Gambling Study South Florida Seniors To Lawmakers: Hands Off Our Arcades http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-seniors-lawmakers-hands-our-arcades <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Playing cards -- even though you hate it.</span></p><p>Going shopping -- although you already have a closetful of clothes.</p><p>Staying home and watching television? Yawn.</p><p>Golf? &nbsp;Not on your life.</p><p>Many of the senior citizens who gathered Tuesday in solidarity at Boynton Beach’s Cleopatra Arcade paint a grim picture of a future without their beloved senior arcades.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:20:43 +0000 Christine DiMattei 11540 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Seniors To Lawmakers: Hands Off Our Arcades Senate Gambling Committee Sets Glacier Pace For New Casino Legislation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/senate-gambling-committee-sets-glacier-pace-new-casino-legislation <p></p><p>Florida's gambling future won’t be settled&nbsp; in the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature -- and maybe not even in the one after that.</p><p>The divide between competing stakeholder visions remains very wide. And, at a hearing before the Florida Senate Gaming Committee on Tuesday, chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said it could be 18 months before the work on developing legislation even begins.</p><p>"I want to do something deliberative and thoughtful," Richter told reporters after the meeting.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone & Rick Stone 8190 at http://blog.wlrn.org Senate Gambling Committee Sets Glacier Pace For New Casino Legislation Why 2013 Florida Legislature Will Hear No Casino Bills http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-2013-florida-legislature-will-hear-no-casino-bills <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The proposal to build mega-casinos in South Florida never made it to a final vote in the last session of the Florida Legislature. N</span>ow it looks like the issue may not be coming up again for at least another year.</p><p>Senate President Don Gaetz is setting up a new committee to examine Florida gambling which he says is both over- and under-regulated. But Gaetz is considered an opponent of gambling and he's in no hurry to pass a casino gambling bill.</p><p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:37:13 +0000 Gina Jordan 5209 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why 2013 Florida Legislature Will Hear No Casino Bills