On the general election ballot in November, Amendment 3: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida, is not as controversial as it may seem.
If the amendment passes, control of gambling in the Sunshine State will be returned to voters.
FloridaWins.org summarized it this way:
Approval of this amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles X and XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifies that this amendment does not conflict with federal law regarding state/tribal compacts.
Voters in Charge, the sponsor of the amendment, says that Tallahassee politicians and lobbyists have been deciding the fate of casino-style gambling for far too long. This amendment will put the gambling industry in the hands of Floridians.
For nearly a century, approval of casino gambling was strictly left for voters to decide. Amendment 3 simply seeks to return to that standard to authorize casino gambling.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce supports Amendment 3. Protecting Florida’s unique quality of life is essential to maintaining our state’s family-friendly brand.
For more than two decades, the Florida Chamber has opposed the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling, and believes the passage of Amendment 3 will further protect Florida’s sense of place and community.