Casino Watch Focus originally reported that an appellate court upheld a ruling that would allow the Florida legislature to expand gambling in the state without a vote of the people. Given the case involved the constitutionality of legislation to expand gambling, it was assumed that an appeal to the Supreme Court would be filed. The appeal moved forward, but the Florida Supreme Court has elected not to hear the case. A local Florida News channel explains:
The Florida Supreme Court effectively ruled Friday that slot machines can be allowed anywhere in the state. The high court let stand a lower court ruling that not only ends a battle over whether slots can be added to a South Florida race track, but could rekindle a push to add slot machines in other parts of the state.
The court issued a one-page ruling saying it was dismissing the case but did not discuss the reasons why. “It’s no real surprise that they decided to do this,” said Marc Dunbar, a Tallahassee attorney who represented one of the groups involved in the case. “It affirms that the Legislature controls the decision to expand or contract gaming in the state.”
This decision comes after the Florida Legislature rejected attempts to legalize mega-resort casinos. The group No Casinos spoke out against the ruling:
John Sowinski, president of No Casinos, criticized the Friday ruling, saying that the future of gambling should not be left to politicians.
“Florida voters have overwhelmingly rejected casino gambling in three separate statewide votes,” he said in a statement. “Perhaps it is time for a constitutional amendment to ensure that voters will continue to have the final say on whether they want more crime, more addiction, and higher social costs for taxpayers.”
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