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FL Lawmakers Consider Gambling Study

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Nearly every Floridian could soon be within 2 hours of a casino if state legislators throw open the doors to all types of gambling.

That was just one of the scenarios given to state senators Monday as part of a comprehensive study on gambling in the Sunshine State.

Two years ago the Republican-controlled Legislature shot down a bill to allow major resort casinos in South Florida. But state lawmakers are now looking seriously at whether or not to change the state's gambling laws.

Some senators were skeptical about some conclusions reached in the $400,000 study on the potential impacts of allowing more gambling and casinos in the state.

That study concluded adding casinos would likely have a moderate impact on the state's economy and most money would come from Floridians.


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