Florida Will Vote On Gambling Expansion in November
According to Palm Beach Post, Florida voters will have the final say on the matter of gambling expansion.
Anti-gambling expansion group, Voters in Charge has managed to gather more than 766,200 signatures to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the election ballot in November.
Voters Will Decide
The goal of the “Voter Control of Gambling Amendment” or “Amendment 3” is to give the voters the right to decide whether Florida should go on with the planned gambling expansion.
The group’s chairman John Sowinski said he expected both sides – for and against the amendment – to give their best in order to ensure they would win in the end. Sowinski stated the Seminole Tribe of Florida-backed group didn’t want to leave things to chance and added he believed the campaign would be an eight-figure one.
And the numbers support that claim. According to data from the Florida Division of Elections, Disney Worldwide Services has given $4.35 million to the initiative, while the Seminoles contributed $1.3 million.
A Big Problem For the Industry
With this move, the state’s legislature has effectively lost the power to decide the future of the gambling industry in Florida. This power is now in the hands of the state residents and in order to go through with the expansion, a minimum of 60% of the voters will have to give their approval in November.
This means that if the amendment passes in November, it will be very hard to introduce new gambling products in the future. Nick Larossi, a representative of gambling operators in Florida agrees.
Larossi said the industry would never have the opportunity to add new products, whether it be slots or otherwise. He stated it was hard to try to get any sort of approval when Disney and the Seminole Tribe were putting money in against any type of expansion.