Read Secretary Lawson’s letter telling the Seminoles to prepare to end offering blackjack at Florida casinos.


Court orders another jai alai permit for Dade county. Read the here.


Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Tribe weighs options after losing poker ruling in Federal Court.


June 2015 cardroom and slots comparative reports now available for review.


Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Notice of Proposed Rule & Notice of Hearing on July 20 for 61D-2.024 – 2.029 & 61D-4.004 – 4.005.


May ’15 Slots Revenue report.


May ’15 Comparative Cardroom Revenue report.


Seminole Tribe starts clock on 30-day dispute resolution process over card games.  Read the letter.


Division notices proposed amendment to Rule 61D-5.003, relating to Applications for Licensure, Fingerprint Requirements, and Exemptions from Fingerprinting.


April ’15 Slots Revenue report.


Jones Walker attorneys

Legislation

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES

Florida Senate – Committee on Regulated Industries

Florida Senate – Fiscal Policy

Florida Senate – Committee on Finance and Tax

Florida Senate – Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

Florida Senate – Agriculture

Florida Senate – Appropriations

Florida House - Business & Professions Subcommittee

Florida House – Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee

Florida House – Regulatory Affairs Committee

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BILLS FILED FOR THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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SB 2: Greyhound Racing Injuries (Sobel) – Greyhound Racing Injuries; Citing this act as the “Victoria Q. Gaetz Racing Greyhound Protection Act;” requiring injuries to racing greyhounds to be reported on a form adopted by the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation within a certain timeframe; exempting injuries to certain animals from reporting requirements, etc.

Bill Status: Passed Senate Yeas 38 Nays 0.  In House messages. ___________________________________________________

SB 124: Advance Deposit Wagering (Margolis) – Advance Deposit Wagering; Providing that the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation may authorize advance deposit wagering conducted by certain permitholders or certain operators contracting with a permitholder; specifying requirements for a person authorized to conduct advance deposit wagering; prohibiting a resident or other individual from placing a wager through an advance deposit wagering system under specified circumstances, etc.

Bill Status: Senate Committees of Reference:

Regulated Industries

Finance and Tax

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

Fiscal Policy

Withdrawn from further consideration.

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SB 490: State Lotteries (Thompson)

State Lotteries; Requiring the Department of the Lottery to equitably apportion revenues to certain state universities to be used for funding breast cancer research and providing services for certain individuals who have breast cancer; offering a special instant lottery game called “Ticket for the Cure” by the department for a limited time, etc.

Bill Status: Senate Committees of Reference:

Regulated Industries Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Appropriations

Health Policy

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SB 1032: Relating to Point-of-Sale Terminals (Richter) - Authorizing the Department of the Lottery to create a program that authorizes certain persons to purchase a ticket or game at a point-of-sale terminal; authorizing the department, a retailer operating from one or more locations, or a vendor approved by the department to use a point-of-sale terminal to sell a lottery ticket or game; prohibiting a point-of-sale terminal from being used to redeem a winning ticket; providing that revenue generated by a point-of-sale-terminal shall be used to enhance instructional technology resources for students and teachers in this state, etc.

Bill Status: Senate Committees of Reference:

Regulated Industries
Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
Fiscal Policy

CS by Regulated Industries; YEAS 7 NAYS 5 -SJ 259
On Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government Agenda, 04/08/15, 10:00 am, 110 Senate Office Building

On Committee agenda– Fiscal Policy, 04/15/15, 9 am, 412 Knott Building

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SB 7088: Gaming (Regulated Industries) -  Authorizing and directing the Governor to execute a specified written amendment to the Gaming Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida; authorizing and directing the Governor to cooperate with the Tribe in seeking approval of the amendment; providing that the amendment of the compact does not require legislative ratification in certain circumstances, etc. APPROPRIATION: $62,517.00

Bill Status: House Committees of Reference:

Regulated Industries, 04/08/15  — Submitted as Committee Bill; YEAS 7 NAYS 5

4/13/15: Referred to Senate Appropriations and Rules Committees.

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HB 129: Greyhound Racing Injuries (Moskowitz) – Greyhound Racing Injuries; Designates act as “Victoria Q. Gaetz Racing Greyhound Protection Act”; requires injuries to racing greyhounds be reported on form adopted by DBPR within certain timeframe; exempts injuries to certain animals from reporting requirements.

Bill Status: House Committees of Reference:

Business and Professions SubcommitteeAppropriations Committee
Regulatory Affairs Committee

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HB 187: Racing Animals (Rader) – Racing Animals; Designates act as “Greyhound Safety Act”; revises provisions prohibiting administration of certain drugs to racing animal, provisions for collection & testing of fluids from an animal, procedures, & penalty provisions; requires DBPR to maintain certain records of injuries to racing greyhounds.

Bill Status: House Committees of Reference:

Business and Professions SubcommitteeGovernment Operations Appropriations Subcommittee Regulatory Affairs

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SB 226: Racing Animals (Latvala) – Racing Animals; Revising the prohibition on the use of certain medications or substances on racing animals; authorizing the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to solicit input from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; requiring the division to notify the owners or trainers, stewards, and the appropriate horsemen’s association of all drug test results; expanding violations to include prohibited substances that break down during a race found in specimens collected after a race, etc.

Bill Status: 2/18/15 Regulated Industries Reported Favorably YEAS 11 NAYS 0; 3/10/15 Agriculture Committee Reported Favorably YEAS 6 NAYS 0; Now in Appropriations Committee.

On Committee agenda– Appropriations, 03/18/15, 1:30 pm, 412 Knott Building

Favorable by- Appropriations; YEAS 19 NAYS 0

Laid on Table, refer to CS/HB 239

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HB 239: Racing Animals (Fitzenhagen) – Racing Animals; Revises prohibition on use of substances on racing animals; requires the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering to notify owners or trainers, stewards, & appropriate horsemen’s association of all drug test results; expands violations to include prohibited substances that break down during race found in specimens collected after race.

Bill Status: 3/3/15 Business and Professions Subcommittee Reported Favorably YEAS 12 NAYS 0; On Regulatory Affairs Committee agenda 3/12/15.

CS passed; YEAS 112 NAYS 0 -HJ 339

4/1/2015: Referred to Regulated Industries; Agriculture; Appropriations

Substituted for CS/SB 226

CS passed; YEAS 40 NAYS 0 -SJ 361

4/14/2015: House ordered enrolled

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SB 262: Racing Animals (Smith) – Racing Animals; Citing this act as the “Greyhound Safety Act”; prohibiting the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation from granting a license or permit to applicants with a prior conviction of animal cruelty; requiring the division to immediately revoke a license or permit of a person found guilty of animal cruelty subsequent to obtaining the license or permit; establishing a fine for making false statements on injury records, etc.

Bill Status: Senate Committees of Reference:

Regulated Industries Criminal Justice Appropriations

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SB 268: Amusement Games or Machines (Stargel) – Amusement Games or Machines; Authorizing an amusement game or machine to be operated in conformity with specified requirements; allowing an individual who plays an amusement game or machine to receive a point or a coupon redeemable onsite for merchandise under specified circumstances; specifying a cap on the redemption value of a point or a coupon; requiring the Department of Revenue to annually adjust the cap; authorizing certain persons or entities to enjoin the operation of an amusement game or machine, etc.

Bill Status:

Senate Committee References:

Regulated Industries

Finance and Tax

Appropriations

Reported Favorably by Senate Regulated Industries YEAS 11 NAYS 0

Proposed Committee Substitute filed.

Now in Finance and Tax On Committee agenda– Finance and Tax, 03/30/15, 4:00 pm, 401 Senate Office Building.

477572 – Amendment filed by Finance and Tax

177080 – Amendment filed by Finance and Tax

845292 – Substitute for Amendment (477572) filed by Finance and Tax

Reported Favorably by Senate Finance and Tax YEAS 8 NAYS 0

Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) – (Committee Substitute)

4/2/2015: In Appropriations -SJ 316

On Committee agenda — Appropriations, 04/16/15, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building

Reported Favorable by Senate Appropriations; YEAS 16 NAYS 1

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HB 641: Amusement Games or Machines (Trumbull) – Amusement Games or Machines; Designates act as “Family Amusement Games Act”; authorizes amusement games or machines in conformance with specified provisions; authorizes direct receipt of merchandise; revises cap on redemption value of points or coupons; requires DOR to recalculate & publish cap annually.

Bill Status: House Committees of Reference:

Regulatory Affairs Appropriations Committee on Committee agenda for 4/1/15 at 8:00 a.m.

CS by Regulatory Affairs Committee; YEAS 12 NAYS 2

Pending review of CS under Rule 7.19(c)

Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/15/15

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HB 1233- Gaming (Young) - Designates act as “Florida Gaming Control Act of 2015″; creates Joint Legislative Gaming Control Nominating Committee, Gaming Control Commission & Department of Gaming Control for administration and enforcement of pari-mutuel wagering and gaming provisions; provides for department to license destination resorts; transfers Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of DBPR to DGC; revises provisions relating to Gaming Compact between Seminole Tribe & state, amusement games, pari-mutuel permitting & licensing, adoption of greyhounds, slot machines & cardrooms; & provides for historical racing systems.

Bill Status: House Regulatory Affairs Committee Proposed Committee Substitute

House Committees of Reference:

Regulatory Affairs Finance and Tax Committee Appropriations Committee

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HB 1235- Pub Rec./Department of Gaming Control (Young) - Provides exemption from public records requirements for confidential & proprietary business information & trade secrets received by Department of Gaming Control; provides exemption from public records requirements for information held that would reveal investigation techniques & procedures used by department; provides for review & repeal of exemptions; provides statement of public necessity; provides for contingent effect.

Bill Status: House Committees of Reference:

Regulatory Affairs Finance and Tax Committee Appropriations Committee

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HB 1237- Trust Funds/Creation/Destination Resort Trust Fund/Department of Gaming Control (Young) - Creates Destination Resort Trust Fund within Department of Gaming Control; provides for contingent effect.

Bill Status: House Committees of Reference:

Regulatory Affairs Finance and Tax Committee Appropriations Committee

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HJR 1239- Voter Control of Gambling Expansion in Florida (Young) - Proposes creation of s. 29, Art. X of State Constitution to provide that power to authorize expansion of gambling in Florida is reserved to people; prohibit expansion of gambling unless proposed & approved as constitutional amendment by initiative petition; define “expansion of gambling” & “gambling;” & clarify that amendment does not affect right of Legislature to exercise authority through general law or state’s authority regarding tribal-state compacts.

Bill Status: House Committees of Reference:

Regulatory Affairs Finance and Tax Committee Appropriations Committee

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SB 1382: Charitable Organizations and Educational Institutions that Conduct Drawings by Chance (Evers) - Charitable Organizations and Educational Institutions that Conduct Drawings by Chance; Providing an exemption for a charitable organization or educational institution if conducting a raffle that splits evenly the proceeds between the charitable organization or institution and the winner or if awarding a nonmonetary prize to the winner, with all proceeds accruing to the educational institution or charitable organization; providing that a charitable organization or an educational institution that conducts a specified raffle does not constitute a solicitation, etc.

Bill Status: Senate Committees of Reference:

Regulated Industries Education Pre-K – 12 Fiscal Policy

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Summary: Provides for bingo games to be offered in cardrooms.

Recent Action: Referred to Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee; Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee; Economic Affairs Committee; Now in Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee.