Florida voters want to have a say in the future of Florida gambling as lawmakers consider a new deal with the Seminole tribe.
Florida voters want to weigh in on a new compact gaming deal
Florida games will soon focus on the legislator as they consider a new deal with Seminole Tribe , expanding its business and offering sports betting and Florida voters they want to have a say in this matter.
According to a survey commissioned by No casinos , a group of opponents of the expansion of gambling in the state, led by McLaughlin & Associates found out that The 76% voters want a final decision on the deal and only the 13% claims that the decision belongs to the legislation and the government.
Poll of 800 likely Florida voters around the following:
- The 44% believes Florida already has the right amount of games.
- 13%, too much
- 16%, not enough
- 26% was uncertain
While the deal promises a quick economic treat, no casino claims it may not be completely legal. According to the poll, voters should have the last word.
No casino group against DeSantis Compact Deal
None of the casinos have the primary goal of the Gaming Compact contract signed by Seminoles and Gov. Ron DeSantis . Opponents fear it would give the tribe sole control of Florida sports betting. Casinos and pari-mutuel races are now linked, and race tracks could still operate game rooms without organizing races. The tribe would expand into non-tribal lands and pay Florida more than $ 500 million license fees.
According to the group, the deal violates Amendment 3, which requires any new gambling at the casino to be approved by voters and by the US Department of the Interior.
Neither casino is the group that initiated the 2018 fix in first place and said the deal "violates letter and spirit."
According to Jan Sowiński , founder partner in Consensus Communications , more gambling in Florida is not good for the economy and community. He said Florida residents understand that the state constitution mandates voter control.
The Deal Promises. Florida Billions in State Revenue
Legislators will consider an agreement at a special opening session on May 17 . If the legislature approves the deal, Florida residents would still have to wait for the changes, and the US Department of the Interior would still have to sign. According to Tribe and DeSantis, the deal could generate billions of state revenues.
Currently a tribe Hard Rock casinos offer roulette and craps. It is the center of mobile sports betting.
Dream. Travis Hutson , who will handle the legislative aspects of the agreement, has stated that it will become a free market where customers want to bet.