With gambling expansion in disarray, Florida Senate moves ahead with new gaming commission

With gambling expansion in disarray, Florida Senate moves ahead with new gaming commission

Article brief provided by Florida Phoenix
  • Laura Cassels, Florida Phoenix
February 18, 2022 12:02 AM
  • Laura Cassels, Florida Phoenix

    Although Florida’s 2021 compact to expand gambling statewide was struck down in federal court, the Florida Senate Thursday forged ahead with development of a Florida Gaming Commission created alongside the compact to regulate expanded gambling.

    The Nov. 22 ruling is being appealed, with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Justice trying to resurrect the compact.

    State gambling laws have long been regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which is now transferring that responsibility to the new gaming commission.

    Gambling run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida on its property is regulated by federal Indian gaming laws.