With time running out on the 2018 legislative session, Florida's Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran issued a statement late Friday saying they were at an impasse on new gambling legislation.
The Florida House and Senate each passed a gambling bill – with the Senate version far more aggressive in permitting new slots licenses – but the chambers were too far apart to find common ground.
“Despite the good faith efforts of both the House and Senate, a gaming bill will not pass the Legislature this session,” the statement read. “We appreciate the tireless efforts of Chair Hutson and Chair La Rosa, as well as the many members of the House and Senate, and the professional staff, who worked diligently during these final days and hours of session.
“Gaming remains one of the most difficult issues we face as a Legislature. We are pleased with the progress made over the last week and know that our colleagues will continue to work on this important issue.”
The failure to pass legislation comes eight months before Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment, Voter Control of Gambling in Florida, that would require any future expansion of gambling in the Sunshine State to be subject to a statewide vote.
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