Amendment to for SB 742 — greyhound racing.


Sen. Sobel’s bill, SB 742 relating to Greyhound Racing Injuries on Senate Gaming Committee April 8 Agenda.


Division notices cardroom rule workshop for May 8 in Tallahassee.


State grants Gulfstream Park 11 additional race days for this racing year. Read the order.


The Wired Magazine article that led to the Palm Beach Post investigation of the Florida Lottery.


Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar P.A.

Legislation

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES

Florida Senate – Committee on Regulated Industries

Florida Senate – Gaming

Florida House - Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee

Florida House – Gaming

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BILLS FILED FOR THE 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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SB 668 Relating to Amusement Machines (Stargel) – Prohibiting merchandise from exceeding a specified value; requiring the Department of Revenue to calculate annually an adjusted cap on the per-game cost of merchandise; repealing provisions relating to an injunction to restrain violation, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
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SB 98 Relating to Florida Lottery (Margolis)Authorizing the Department of the Lottery to create and administer a program that provides for the sale of Florida lottery tickets through the Internet; authorizing the department to adopt rules, etc.

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HB 661 Relating to Pari-mutuel Permitholders (Moskowitz) – Revises number of performances required for full schedule for greyhound racing permitholders; revises requirements for renewal of cardroom license by greyhound racing permitholder.

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HB 361/SB 466; Relating to State Lotteries; (Clarke-Reed/Thompson) – Offers special instant scratch-off lottery game entitled “Ticket for the Cure” by DOL; provides for revenues to be used for purpose of funding breast cancer research & services for certain breast cancer victims; provides restrictions for use of funds; defines terms “net revenue” & “research”; authorizes DOL to adopt rules; provides for revenues to be equitably apportioned to certain state universities to be used for purpose of funding breast cancer research & services for certain breast cancer victims.

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HB 547; Relating to State Lotteries; (Beshears) – Authorizes Department of the Lottery to create program allowing certain persons to purchase lottery tickets using unmanned point-of-sale terminals or devices; authorizes use of unmanned point-of-sale terminals or devices to facilitate sale of lottery tickets or games.

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SB 742; Relating to Greyhound Injuries; (Sobel) – Requiring the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to maintain records of greyhounds injured while racing; providing for the content of such records; providing fines for making false statements on an injury form, etc.

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SB 848; Relating to Gaming; (Margolis) – Citing this act as the “Public Confidence in Gaming Act”; prohibiting applicants and permitholders of pari-mutuel permits from contributing to certain campaign accounts and political committees; prohibiting specified conduct or employment by department officials, etc.

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SB 890; Relating to Bingo; (Galvano) – Specifying that provisions do not prohibit certain park or recreation districts from conducting bingo; authorizing bingo to be held on the premises of certain park or recreation districts, etc.

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HB 933: Relating to Greyhound Injuries (Moskowitz) – Directs DBPR’s Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering to maintain records of greyhounds injured while racing; provides for content of such records; provides penalties for making false statements on injury form.

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HB 945; Relating to Amusement Machines (Albritton) – Revises provisions for operation of certain amusement games & machines; revises applicability; revises provisions limiting per game cost of merchandise received by player; requires DOR to publish amount of adjusted limit; repeals provisions relating to injunction to restrain violation.

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SB 994; Relating to Advance Deposit Wagering (Margolis) – Authorizing the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering to 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; requiring the division to adopt rules, etc.

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HB 1033; Relating to Horse Racing (Caldwell) – Directs Animal Industry Technical Council within DOACS to prepare report on state’s equine breeding & racing industry & requires applicant for slot machine license or renewal thereof holding harness horse racing permit to have on file with Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering an agreement between applicant & Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, Inc., governing purses & certain awards.

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SB 1130: Relating to Point of Sale Terminals (Richter) – Authorizing the Department of the Lottery to create a program that authorizes a person to purchase a lottery 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 lottery tickets or games; requiring a point-of-sale terminal to perform certain functions; prohibiting a point-of-sale terminal from dispensing money for winnings; authorizing winnings to be directly deposited into a player’s account pursuant to a process approved by the department, etc.

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SB 1170; Relating to Slot Machine Licenses (Dean) – Requiring a harness racing permitholder that is applying for a slot machine license to file with the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering a written agreement between the applicant and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association which governs certain purses and awards; requiring sums for awards to be remitted monthly, etc.

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SB 1316; Sports Facilities (Latvala) – Authorizing a distribution for an applicant that has been approved by the Legislature and certified by the Department of Economic Opportunity under specified provisions; providing for municipalities and counties to expend an increased portion of local government half-cent sales tax revenues to reimburse the state as required by a contract; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to screen applicants for state funding for sports development; revising the requirements for an applicant to be certified to receive state funding for a facility for a spring training franchise, etc.

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HB 1393; Gaming (Schenk) – Creates Gaming Control Commission & Department of Gaming Control to provide for oversight of pari-mutuel facilities, slot machines, cardrooms, & gaming; transfers responsibilities & resources for regulation of such facilities & enforcement of prohibitions against gambling to the commission & department; creates Joint Legislative Gaming Control Nominating Committee; & reorganizes & revises gaming provisions.

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HB 1409: Arcades (Rader) – Directs DBPR to implement & administer specified provisions that authorize amusement machine businesses to operate in this state; provides for licensure, registration, fees & taxes.

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SB 1530; Arcades (Abruzzo) – Creating ch. 547, F.S., entitled “Senior Arcades”; requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to implement and administer ch. 547, F.S.; authorizing an amusement machine business to operate in this state; requiring a tax to be assessed on the net revenue of each amusement machine; requiring customers to receive a points card to receive prizes; prohibiting cash prizes; requiring a points card provider to create an application to review and confirm redemptions and report them to the department, etc.

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SB 1630; DOACS (Montford) – Providing for appointment of a department representative to the Joint Task Force on State Agency Law Enforcement Communications; authorizing the department to impose certain civil penalties for violations relating to private security, investigative, and repossession services; providing for the inspection of food records for certain purposes; repealing provisions relating to the Florida Consumer Services Act; authorizing specified uses of funds from the Conservation and Recreation Lands Program Trust Fund, etc.

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SB 7050, 7052, 7054; Gaming (Gaming Comm.) – Creating the Joint Legislative Gaming Control Oversight Committee; creating the Department of Gaming Control; authorizing and directing the Governor to negotiate and execute an amendment to the Gaming Compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida; transferring the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to the Gaming Control Board within the Department of Gaming Control by type two transfer; transferring the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to the Department of Gaming Control by type two transfer, etc.

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HB 7091; DOACS (Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee)Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Revises, creates, & repeals various provisions relating to the department & the industries the department regulates.

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HB 7095; Sports Facilities (Patronis) – Provides for distribution of specified amount of tax proceeds to applicants of professional sports facility incentive program; authorizes municipalities & counties to use local government half-cent sales tax distributions to reimburse the state for funding received under program; requires EDR & OPPAGA to provide detailed analysis of program; creates professional sports facility incentive program; provides application requirements & procedures; provides procedures & criteria for evaluation of applications & recommendation of applications for legislative approval; requires applicants approved by Legislature to enter contract with DEO to be certified; provides for distribution of state funds to applicants of program; provides for reimbursement of state funds under certain circumstances; requires Auditor General to audit program.

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.