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Florida Senate Passes Bill Banning Internet Cafes

People use computers at an Internet cafe in Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province June 20, 2007. The blocking of Flickr is the latest casualty of China's ongoing battle to control its sprawling Internet. Wikipedia, and a raft of other popular Web sites, discussion boards and blogs have already fallen victim to the country's censors. China employs a complex system of filters and an army of tens of thousands of human monitors to survey the country's 140 million Internet users' surfing habits and surgically clip sensitive content from in front of their eyes.   To match feature PRIVACY-CHINA/   REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA) CHINA OUT - RTR1QYNB

People use computers at an Internet cafe in Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province June 20, 2007. The blocking of Flickr is the latest casualty of China's ongoing battle to control its sprawling Internet. Wikipedia, and a raft of other popular Web sites, discussion boards and blogs have already fallen victim to the country's censors. China employs a complex system of filters and an army of tens of thousands of human monitors to survey the country's 140 million Internet users' surfing habits and surgically clip sensitive content from in front of their eyes. To match feature PRIVACY-CHINA/ REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA) CHINA OUT - RTR1QYNB

Internet cafes in Florida could soon be out of business under a bill that is now heading to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida Senate on Thursday approved by a 36-4 vote a measure that would ban the storefront operations.

Some legislators opposed the bill because they said it went too far and would result in the closure of senior arcades.

The Legislature is feeling pressure to act after an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World charity.

It was accused of running a $290 million illegal gambling business that directed most of the proceeds into its owners' pockets.

Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, said legislators were responding to what he called "mass hysteria" that surrounded the federal investigation of Allied.


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