EDITORIAL: What constitution? Florida lawmakers tell voters to butt out on gambling

EDITORIAL: What constitution? Florida lawmakers tell voters to butt out on gambling

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  • Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board
May 21, 2021 12:15 AM
  • Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board

    The Florida Legislature just passed a gambling law they know has a good chance of being struck down in court, or at least the sports betting part of the law that got the most attention.

    You don’t have to believe us. Take it from state Rep. Randy Fine, who led the House Select Committee on Gaming and said this about sports betting after the bill passed:

    “Me personally, I don’t think it’s going to survive.”

    The reason Fine made such an extraordinary concession on the House floor is because of the high likelihood that, under Florida’s constitution, sports betting needs to be approved by Florida’s voters, not elected legislators.