Casino Bill Dies in Florida House

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If you were a betting man, hopefully you were betting that a bill to bring three full-service, Las Vegas-style casinos to South Florida wouldn't pass this year. You'd be cashing in right now.

The bill has died in the Florida House, after Rep. Erik Fresen, the Republican from Miami who is sponsoring the bill in the House, failed to cobble together enough votes to pass the bill out of the Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee. That, of course, does not mean he won't try again next year.

The panel declined to even vote on the bill today, and Rep. Doug Holder, a Sarasota Republican, says that the committee will not take the bill up again this year, according to Bloomberg News.

In a legislative session where the economy and redistricting was set to take precedence, Genting Corp. changed the political landscape by buying up the current home of The Miami Herald and unveiling an ambitious plan to launch a destination resort and casino. They just needed to change the state's law.

The company found several Republicans to support the bill, but the Republican caucus never took an official position and individual legislators were left to form their own opinion. With groups like Walt Disney Co., the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida opposing the bill however the political climate was far from hospitable to the plan.

House Rules Chair Gary Aubuchon has released a statement declaring that the bill will not be headed to any other committee, nor will it be heard by the full House.

It's officially dead for 2012, but the fight is far from over. Expect the measure to pop back up again in 2013. Will '13 be Genting's lucky year?

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jactrack
jactrack

I oppose this bill, but I believe it will eventually pass - too much $$ being passed around for it to fail.

occupytruth
occupytruth

Looks like the Genting Group needs to take more politicians on vacation

Who hands out $
Who hands out $

How many checks did Genting spread around buying support? Who are Genting's bagmen?

More sell outs
More sell outs

Is Jack Lowell so broke he needed to take Genting's gambling money or did they make him an offer he couldn't refuse?

Who else did Genting buy?

Pimps and Ho's
Pimps and Ho's

It is amazing how many South Florida lobbyists and lawyers (same thing?) jumped at the chance to sell out their neighbors by taking money from a Malaysian company, Genting, that wants to create a gambling casino to vacuum up every penny of money coming into South Florida so all profits CAN BE SENT OVERSEAS.

What's up with the sleazy School Board member who lobbies for Genting? Cubelo? Shouldn't he be trying to fix the School Board? Maybe lobbying to fire the self promoter Carvalho?

Dumb location
Dumb location

Genting should have bought land further west near the airport. The downtown OMNI area is too congested from a traffic standpoint to support 5,000+ hotel rooms and "the largest casino in the world". Dumb planning.

Tomas Regalado and Carlos Gimenez?

Gambling kills
Gambling kills

Las Vegas leads the nation in crime per capita. Most assaults, most murders, most robberies... Most bankruptcies, most foreclosures... Who wants that? Just the slimy local people like Neisan Kasden, Jack Lowell, Vicky Garcia and all the other lobbyists who took dirty Genting money to convince their neighbors that gambling was good. Ick.

Rob
Rob

I was there in S Jersey when the politicans told eveyone that big Casino Gambling in Atlantic City would help the entire region,  Atlantic City today is sess pool of drugs, crime and prostitution. do you really want that kind of progress? in Florida ?

KeepItLocal
KeepItLocal

Great news.  See the article in the latest Biscayne Times.  This would be a net EXPORT of money to the community.

Mickey
Mickey

this just proves the disney corporation is more powerful than you think

Linglingpark
Linglingpark

Las Vegas statistics are meaningless here. The dynamic is entirely different. Your knowledge of lobbyists is impressive. Guess you just gave yourself away as a paid hacker, huh?

Linglingpark
Linglingpark

Then you know Atlantic City has crappy slums right up to the boardwalk area for over 100 years and the canard that "gambling" brought it on is ridiculous. Plus, your spelling is bad.

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