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January 12, 2017

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Statement by Senator Galvano Regarding Comprehensive Gaming Legislation Filed Today

Tallahassee —

Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 8, Gaming, which represents an important step in the development of a comprehensive, statewide approach to reforming current gaming laws.

“This legislation in large part builds upon Senate work that has taken place over the last several years.  My goal has been to address all aspects of gaming in a comprehensive manner that balances the interests of an industry that has contributed to Florida’s economy for nearly a hundred years, our ongoing revenue-sharing agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the authority of local voters, while maximizing revenues to the state. 

“The modifications within the bill represent a myriad of ideas advocated by various Senators and address industry concerns regarding antiquated and ambiguous provisions of current law. The bill balances the will of the voters who have authorized additional games and locations with a retraction of gaming permits across the state.

“Further negotiations to reach a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida are necessary. While this legislation represents an important step, there is still a great deal of work to be done. I look forward to discussing the bill further during the upcoming Senate committee meeting and continuing to work with Governor Scott, our colleagues in the Florida House, the Seminole Tribe, industry stakeholders and constituents across the state in the weeks to come.”