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The Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee is scheduled to discuss the Seminole Gaming Compact during a meeting today, January 20, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET).
To access the meeting documents and a copy of the Compact, click here. (Compact information begins on page 51.)
The Seminole Gaming Compact, an agreement between Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe, must be ratified by the Florida Legislature to take effect. Provisions in the Compact such as decoupling are expected to take the form of a bill, which has not yet been filed. Once a bill is filed, decoupling–and perhaps the future of Florida horse racing–would be up to the Florida Legislature.
“Decoupling would allow for vast expansion of gambling with no benefit to anyone but gambling corporations,” the Ocala Star Banner Editorial Board wrote last year. To read the complete article, click here.
To view a side-by-side analysis of the Compact with its 2010 version, click here.
For a roster of Senate Regulated Industries Committee members, click here.
The FHBPA is asking horsemen and others who do business in Florida’s horse racing industry to contact members of the Committee and their own Senator and State Representative to tell them “No Decoupling!” For talking points, contact information and more news on the issue, go to www.NoDecoupling.com.
Read Today’s News from Politico Florida: After lower revenue estimate, Scott banks on gaming money for tax cuts