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January 25, 2017

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Senate Regulated Industries Committee Passes Comprehensive Gaming Legislation

Tallahassee —

Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 8, Gaming, which today passed the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries.


“Gaming is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Just as we do with any other industry in our state, we want to make sure our laws provide an environment of certainty and reliability that allows private entities to make educated business decisions about the jobs families rely on. In turn, all Florida families can make informed decisions about the communities in which they live and work.


“These are real dollars that impact real people, families, and communities across our state. Today’s action is an important step towards finalizing a comprehensive, statewide approach that respects the interests of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, other business owners who operate gaming facilities, and the authority of local voters.


“I look forward to the work ahead and hope this legislation will provide a foundation for further discussions with Governor Scott, our colleagues in the Florida House, the Seminole Tribe, industry stakeholders, and constituents. My goal is to resolve this issue early in session to provide the certainty and finality all stakeholders are seeking.”