Opposing the Expansion of Las Vegas-Style Casino Gambling

 

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Why It Matters to Florida

Protecting Florida’s unique quality of life is essential to maintaining our state’s family-friendly brand. However, with an increasing population, we must focus on creating a healthy and sustainable place for Florida’s residents and visitors to work, live, and play. Stopping the expansion of Las Vegas style casino gambling has been, and will continue to be, a top priority for the Florida Chamber.

Florida’s Competitiveness Agenda

This past election cycle, voter agreed gambling decisions shouldn’t be left to lobbyists or the politicians they are paid to influence. However, this legislative session conversations surrounding the future of sports betting will come into focus. The Florida Chamber will continue to support the important renewal of a Seminole Gaming Compact and oppose the expansion of Las-Vegas casino gambling.

The Fight for Free Enterprise Continues

At the Florida Chamber, we will continue to stay strong against well-funded efforts which seek to devour Florida’s economy and family-friendly reputation by expanding Las Vegas-style casino gambling in Florida. By supporting communities and families over special interest agendas, and working toward goals that help secure Florida’s future, Florida will become more than a “reward for a life well lived somewhere else” and will instead be the number one choice for talent.

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Help us protect Florida’s reputation as the best place to visit, live and work by contacting us today and sharing in our fight for a robust free-enterprise system.

House Subcomittee Passes Bill Limiting Gambling Expansion in Florida

The House Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee bill, TGC1, sponsored by Representative Mike La Rosa, ensures the Gaming Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida is renewed. This compact would limit the expansion of gambling in Florida by containing it to tribal lands.

For over 20 years, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has opposed the expansion of gambling in Florida, as we believe it is contrary to our family- friendly brand. “Las Vegas-style” casinos are not the type of economic development Florida needs. Protecting Florida’s unique economy and long-term potential growth, as TGC1 does, will help secure Florida’s future.

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House Strikes Senate’s Expansion of Gambling

Protects Florida’s Family-Friendly Brand

For more than 20 years, the Florida Chamber has opposed the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling and harming Florida’s family-friendly brand. This week’s action by the Florida House sends a message that Florida needs more engineers, physicians and teachers – not more blackjack dealers.

The Florida Chamber has long said that a new state compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is the best way to limit the expansion of gambling in Florida and contain it to tribal lands. The Florida Chamber strongly supports the House’s proposed gaming compact, sponsored by Representative Mike La Rosa, which holds strong against any further gambling expansion. The Senate’s counterpart legislation, SB 8, which is sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano, called for a vast gambling expansion and was sent to the House following Senate passage last week. Showing strong conviction, Rep. La Rosa struck the Senate’s gaming expansion proposal and replaced it with the much more favorable House bill (HB 7037), which calls for a renewed state compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The House will now send their revised version of SB 8 back to the Senate for consideration, along with a message that protecting Florida’s unique quality of life is a top priority. It is expected the bill will be discussed during conference in the next few weeks.

The Florida Chamber remains steadfast in our support for making Florida more competitive for businesses and families. By supporting the provisions as originally outlined in HB 7037, and now in SB 8, this bill will help ensure Florida’s family-friendly brand continues to play a role in Florida’s long-term economic security.

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Protecting Florida’s Family-Friendly Brand From the Expansion of Gambling

For more than 20 years, the Florida Chamber has opposed the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling and harming Florida’s family-friendly brand.

The Florida Chamber has long said that a new state compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is the best way to limit the expansion of gambling in Florida and contain it to tribal lands. Therefore, the Florida Chamber supports House Bill 7037, sponsored by Representative Mike LaRosa, which holds strong against any further gambling expansion. Today, HB 7037 passed its final committee of reference and is now poised to be heard by the full House of Representatives.

In contrast, the Florida Senate is calling for a vast gambling expansion. Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano, passed in the full Senate today.

The Florida Chamber remains steadfast in our support for making Florida more competitive for businesses and families, and supporting HB 7037 will help ensure Florida’s family-friendly brand continues to play a role in Florida’s long-term economic security.

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For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other gaming-related issues, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.

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Mega-Casinos Are a Bad Bet for Florida

 

Why It Matters to Florida

Florida has much to offer its current and future residents, and visitors. However, our state’s unique quality of life is constantly under attack from special interests. Ensuring Florida remains the best place to live, work, and play has been a top priority for the Florida Chamber for the last 100 years. This means focusing on affordable housing, stopping the expansion of Las Vegas-style casinos, breaking the cycle of generational poverty, and embracing cost-saving adaptations to Florida’s healthcare system.

Florida’s Competitiveness Agenda

Florida needs more engineers, physicians, and teachers — not blackjack dealers. The Florida Chamber will continue fighting to protect Florida’s family-friendly brand by opposing the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling. There are countless examples of states that have been lulled into a false sense of economic safety by mega casinos, only to discover their reputation has waned, their high-skilled workers have left or their businesses can no longer afford to do business in their state. Florida continues to top lists as the nation’s premier place to visit, live, work, learn and play. We must continue to focus our attention on growing private sector jobs and keeping an attractive business-friendly economy.

The Fight for Free Enterprise

At the Florida Chamber, we will continue to stay strong against continued efforts from around the world, which seek to devour Florida’s economy and family-friendly reputation by expanding Las Vegas-style casino gambling in Florida. By supporting innovation and families over special interest agendas, and working toward goals that help secure Florida’s future, Florida will become more than a “reward for a life well lived somewhere else” and will instead be the number one choice for talent.

Act Now

Help us protect Florida’s reputation as the best place to visit, live and work by contacting us today and sharing in our fight for a robust free-enterprise system.

Mega-Casinos Are a Bad Bet for Florida

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As talent and a strong workforce quality replace tax incentives as the deciding factor for job creation, quality of life becomes essential. Tomorrow’s talent wants to live in a place where quality of life is second to none.

This means protecting our state against very real dangers like Las Vegas-style casino gambling. Floridians should be cautious of unsubstantiated job growth and economic development offered by mega casinos. Florida cannot afford to bet our economic future on the expansion of gambling or the creation of these destination megacasinos. Las Vegas-style casinos don’t compliment positive, long-term economic development. Instead, they weaken our brand and burden our cities with debt and poverty and wipe out existing forms of commerce.

The Florida Chamber will continue to push for the expansion of high-wage jobs and protect our state’s brand. This means continuing to oppose the expansion of Las Vegasstyle mega casinos. There are countless examples of states that have been lulled into a false sense of economic safety by mega casinos, only to discover their reputation has waned, their high-skilled workers have left or their businesses can no longer afford to do business in their state. Florida continues to top lists as the nation’s premier place to visit, live, work, learn and play. We must continue to focus our attention on growing private sector jobs and keeping an attractive business-friendly economy.

At the Florida Chamber, we will continue to stay strong against continued efforts from around the world, which seek to devour Florida’s economy and family-friendly reputation by expanding Las Vegas-style casino gambling in Florida. By supporting innovation and families over special interest agendas, and working toward goals that help secure Florida’s future, Florida will become more than a “reward for a life well lived somewhere else” and will instead be the number one choice for talent.

Help us protect Florida’s reputation as the best place to visit, live and work by contacting us today and sharing in our fight for a robust free-enterprise system.