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No Casinos Group Plans Diverse Strategy for Preventing Expanded Gambling in Florida and Urges Citizen Call to Action

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 […]

UPDATE: Backlash Heard as Florida Courts Rule in Favor of Expanded Slots Gambling Case

Casino Watch Focus has reported that the Florida District Court of Appeals took up a gambling case involving slot machines licenses. The case involved whether to grant a slot machine license to Gretna Gaming. A local referendum was passed in the county to expand gambling though new slot licenses, but the Florida Attorney General’s office said […]

Florida Gambling Council Points to Dangers of Expanded Gambling

Casino Watch Focus has been reporting on the ongoing gambling expansion debate that has consumed the Florida political and financial landscape.  As lawmakers continue to focus on the politics and financial gains or pitfalls, the Florida Gambling Council is providing prospective on the real danger to Florida families.  An online source explains: Throwing some cold […]

Florida Legislator Looking to Replace One Plan of Expanded Gambling for Another

Casino Watch Focus reported that after a Florida appellate court upheld the decision of a lower court to effectively allow legislators to expand gambling without a vote of the people, the anticipated “destination casino” bills were filed.  Now, one Florida House Rep is looking to capitalize on people’s frustrations by enacting a different gambling bill.  […]

UPDATE: Greyhound Industry Sues to Remove Dog Racing ‘Decoupling’ Ban from Florida Ballot

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts to ban greyhound racing, but typically leave the gambling behind. This practice essentially creates mini-casinos and has been referred to as decoupling. Many are excited for the dog racing to come to an end, but most of those same proponents would like to see the gambling at […]

Threat of Massive Florida Gambling Expansion from New Gambling Bills Ends over House and Senate Differences

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts of gambling expansion in Florida. Most recently, the both the Florida House and Senate passed gambling bills, but both were very different. The House bill focused on a new Agreement with the Seminole tribe and shoring up loopholes and various items. The Senate bill, however, was a […]

GUEST ARTICLE: [Florida] Lawmakers’ Rushed Deal to Expand Casinos in Miami is a Reckless Gamble

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts to expand gambling in Florida by authorizing a new, Las Vegas style, destination resort casino. As recently pointed out by the Mason-Dixon poll, the vast amount of voters, 84%, want to either hold the line or actually reduce gambling expansion. When it came to gambling expansion through new […]

New Slot Machines Could Significantly Expand Gambling in Florida and Damage the Seminole Gambling Compact

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing gambling negotiations between Florida state and the Seminole Tribe regarding the new gambling compact. The compact impacts the expansion of gambling and the flow of money into state coffers by providing exclusive rights to certain gambling games to the Seminole Tribe at there casino’s in exchange for guaranteed […]

Vast Majority of Florida Voters Want to Maintain or Reduce current Gambling Levels

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing gambling expansion attempts in Florida. Many times over the years Florida voters have had a say in the expansion of gambling in Florida, but most of the time, Florida families are at the mercy of the legislature. If the Florida House and Senate agree to expand gambling due […]

Florida House and Senate at Odds over best Gambling Future for the State

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing saga of expanded gambling in Florida. Most recently, its was reported that the Florida Senate introduced a massive gambling expansion bill. Earlier this month, the Senate pushed the gambling bill through its first hurdle by approving it in committee. An online source provides some key details of the bill:  A […]

Florida Legislature and Gambling Industry Brace for Massive Gambling Expansion Bill introduced in the Florida Senate

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing gambling issues in Florida. The most recent gambling issues have centered around the Seminole Tribe Gambling Compact  and exclusivity of table games, and gambling venues right to expand gambling. Most of these issues are intertwined, but almost all gambling expansion requires the approval of the Florida legislature and each session these […]

New Poll Shows Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Support Voter Choice In Gambling Expansion Matters

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts to help ensure the people of Florida have the ability to directly impact gambling expansion. Recent efforts have centered around a ballot initiative that would amend the constitution to require a vote of the people before any gambling expansion legislation can be pushed forward by the legislature. […]

Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Major Slot Expansion Case

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing gambling expansion issue in Florida over the right of any jurisdiction to vote on allowing slot machines verses the clear intent of Florida legislators to only allow slot machines at state approved locations.  The case involving gambling expansion in Gadsden County has reached the Florida Supreme Court and […]

Guest Article: Only Casino Interests Push Casinos in Florida

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts of the Florida based group, No Casinos, and their attempts to protect Florida families from the ever increasing dangers of expanded gambling. The group’s president, John Sowinski, has addressed these issues on many levels, including directly answering positions or articles that seek to advance the casino’s interest. […]

Florida’s Voters in Charge Ballot Initiative gets Senate Sponsor and Court Review

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing development of a ballot initiative aimed at requiring all gambling matters to be put up for a vote of the people before the state legislators can enact legislation. The ballot initiative is sponsored by the group Voters in Charge. The group is linked to No Casino’s through […]