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Casino, Gaming Commission Effort Clears First Senate Committee

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee voted 7-3 on Monday in support of the destination gaming bill that would create a statewide gaming commission, allow voters to approve up to three mega-casinos and regulate existing Internet cafes.

The bill, SB 710, next goes before the Senate Budget Committee. The following stop would be the Senate Rules Committee, which is chaired by Sen. John Thrasher, R-Jacksonville, who was one of three to vote against the bill on Monday.

Sens. Charles Dean, R-Inverness, and Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, also voted against the bill.

The House version has yet to be heard by any committee.

More to come.

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