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Is casino gambling coming to Palm Beach County

Is casino gambling coming to Palm Beach County

A gambling overhaul approved yesterday by a House select committee opens the door for slot machines in Palm Beach County and could make it easier for industry giant Genting and Gulfstream Park to get rolling on a casino hotel in downtown Miami. The Palm Beach Post Reports, The House Select Committee on Gaming also approved a constitutional amendment that would give voters the final say on future gambling expansions. The proposal would not have any impact on whatever the Legislature finally agrees on, if anything, this spring. The bill, however, would only allow the permit to be moved if "the proposal would not have a net negative impact on state revenues, including those generated under tribal-state gaming compacts." The House bill, sponsored by committee Chairman Rob Schenck,would allow up to 2,000 slot machines at Palm Beach Kennel Club, if the pari-mutuel agrees to give up another permit. The slots expansion into Palm Beach County would, again, only be permitted if it did not have a negative impact on the deal with the Seminole tribe. Right now, the compact with the tribe does not allow any slot machines at pari-mutuels outside of Broward or Miami-Dade counties.

 

 

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