Florida gambling expansion unlikely this year

It seems Genting and others hoping to open resort casinos in South Florida are going to have to wait at least another year.

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Florida lawmakers acknowledged the chances are slim for a major gambling reform to be adopted during this year’s legislative session. The state Senate Gaming Committee chairman said Thursday a law change “is not in the cards for this session,” according to the Miami Herald. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott continues negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida on a renewal of its gaming compact with the state.

One gambling-related bill the Senate plans to take up is a proposal to phase out greyhound racing, which is declining throughout the country. Florida has 13 of the 21 remaining greyhound tracks. [Miami Herald]Eric Kalis