Fla. House committee votes to ban Internet casinos

The Florida House Select Committee on Gaming voted on Friday to ban Internet casinos. The “Internet casino cafes,” located throughout the state, were brought into the public limelight on Wednesday with the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who had connections to an Internet café whose owners were arrested on racketeering charges.

Adam Putnam, commissioner of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, applauded the committee’s 15-1 vote on the measure to outlaw the facilities. The lone no vote came from Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek.

Adam Putnam Ag CommissionerPutnam called for a ban on the Internet casinos on Wednesday, saying in a statement the committee’s passage of the bill is the first step toward outlawing the centers in Florida.

“Internet casinos are a front for gambling and a breeding ground for other illegal activity,” Putnam said. “We must close the loophole in the law that has enabled them to invade our communities. The House Committee’s vote today brings us one step closer to shutting down Internet casinos and improving the safety of Florida’s communities.”

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