Daily Archives: April 15, 2009

Legislature looking to expose Floridians to the dangers of gambling at much younger ages and at a more accelerated rate

A recent web article explains the possible new changes to Florida’s gambling laws:

Floridians could soon see a change to gambling laws in their state after proposals to relax the rules on age restrictions and limits on stakes have been put forward.

At present Florida residents can gamble in Seminole resorts and parimutuel outlets, but they need to be over the age of 21. They are also limited to stakes in poker games of $100. But that could all be changing very soon.

A state Senate committee has pushed through an amendment to the rules that would bring down the legal age of casino gambling to 18 and also remove limits on stakes in ‘legal’ poker games.

As the web article reports, opponents spoke out against the bill for very obvious reasons:

“Lowering the gambling age will open up all kinds of gambling to the young – the highest-risk gambling group,” said Pat Fowler, executive director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling.

“Problem gambling in the 18-to-24 age bracket constitutes an overlooked social cost of gambling expansion,” she added.

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