Daily Archives: May 7, 2015

UPDATE: Florida Gambling Expansion by way of Greyhound Decoupling Ends with Abrupt End to Legislative Session

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts to expand gambling in Florida by decoupling, or removing the need to have greyhound races in order to provide slot machines and other gambling. The results of not requiring dog racing anymore would be to essentially allow full standing casinos, which may believe would lead to wide spread harm to Florida families. The bill advancing this plan was unable to pass due to in part to the Florida legislature abruptly adjourning because of a Medicaid budget impasse. The Times Union online reports:

The annual session of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature crashed to a halt Tuesday as the House adjourned three days early because of a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion.

Bills covering everything from tax cuts to gambling and medical marijuana died as a result.

The abrupt showdown also raises the possibility of a government shutdown if the House and Senate cannot agree to a new state budget by June 30.

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