Fla. Senate to hold public workshops on gambling across the state

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If you have an opinion on gambling in the Florida, you can make your voice heard at one of four public workshops scheduled across the state this fall.

The Florida Senate Gaming Committee scheduled the workshops to gather citizen input about findings in the Two-Part Gaming Study commissioned by the Florida Legislature during the 2013 legislative session. The final report, due Oct. 1, will be published on the committee’s website.

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“While the Florida Lottery, Seminole casinos, and gaming activities at licensed pari-mutuel facilities generate substantial economic activity, gaming regulations have been amended piecemeal over decades,” Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said in a statement. “The Gaming Committee is charged with conducting a thorough review and recommending a comprehensive policy on how gaming fits into the broader Florida economy.”

The study is meant to lay the groundwork for policy choices the Legislature will consider during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Two-Part Gaming Study will give legislators and interested citizens alike a factual foundation for assessing the economic and social impacts of possible changes in Florida’s gaming environment; the public hearings provide a valuable opportunity for committee members to hear local and personal perspectives,” Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, chairman of the Gaming Committee, said in a statement.

The committee announced this workshop schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4-7 p.m.

Broward College, North Campus

OMNI Auditorium

Coconut Creek, Fla. 33066

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 3-6 p.m.

George Jenkins High School Auditorium

6000 Lakeland Highlands Road

Lakeland, Fla. 33813

Thursday, Nov. 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

WSRE-TV Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio

1000 College Blvd.

Pensacola, Fla. 32504

Friday, Nov. 15, 2-5 p.m.

Florida State College at Jacksonville Downtown Campus

Advanced Technology Center

101 W. State St.

Jacksonville, Fla. 32202

For directions, see hearing locations in Google Maps. For more information, please visit the Senate Gaming Committee’s webpage.

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