Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing negotiations between the Florida governor and the Seminole Tribe regarding the gambling compact they have with the state. After a lengthy negation process, the first step was been satisfied when the two sides agreed to a new compact that will now need approval from the Florida Legislature. The criticism from this new compact is that it expands gambling in many ways that the public just simply doesn’t seem to support. Preventing harmful gambling expansion in Florida has been the focus of No Casinos, a group that is working to help provide the voice of the decent in the gambling expansion debate. No Casinos President, John Sowinski, recently addressed the approach the group is taking to help protect Florida families. Florida Politics online explains:
John Sowinski, president of the Orlando-based No Casinos, told reporters he plans a legislative, legal and constitutional charge against measures tucked into the renegotiated Seminole Compact.
First, he plans to oppose the compact at the Wednesday hearing. His organization also plans to file a friend-of-the-court brief in a *case before the state Supreme Court over whether certain Florida dog and horse tracks can offer slot machines. … Sowinski called the pending Supreme Court case “huge” because of the amount of new slots it could potentially allow. “It could be a paradigm shift for Florida,” he said. “Every pari-mutuel could wind up having slot machines. That’s not what we want.” …And the “Voters in Charge” citizen initiative committee, which Sowinski chairs, is gathering signatures to get on the 2018 ballot with an amendment that would give voters more control over gambling.
No Casinos urges citizens to sign the petitions where possible. Voters in Charge’s contact information, and additional information regarding the initiative can be found HERE. Additionally, you can follow No Casinos on their WEBSITE and use THIS link to access their Facebook and Twitter Accounts for up to the date information.
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