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Seminole Tribe leader Marcellus Osceola Jr. is elusive, inspiring — but likely unknown to many Floridians

BY: - July 21, 2021

On a spring morning in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ schedule included an in-person meeting in the state Capitol with a Tribe leader considered humble yet dignified, ready to transform the gambling landscape in Florida. When the new 30-year, multibillion-dollar gambling compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida was unveiled that […]

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Gambling gold rush: FL OKs two more constitutional amendment drives for 2022 ballot

BY: - July 16, 2021

Florida’s race to cash in on gambling super-heated this week, with two more constitutional amendment campaigns now officially proposed for the 2022 general ballot — bankrolled by millions in out-of-state campaign donations. The proposed amendments, both aiming to establish new casinos, are titled “Authorizes a Limited Number of New Casinos” and “Limited Authorization of Casino […]

FL’s competing gambling interests pour at least $62 million into PACs

BY: - July 13, 2021

Gambling-related campaign contributions flooded into Florida in June, according to campaign finance records, indicating the immensity of the gambling wealth up for grabs in the state. On Monday, the Florida Phoenix reported that sports-betting titans FanDuel and DraftKings poured $20 million into a campaign to legalize sports betting by amending the Florida Constitution in 2022. […]

FanDuel and DraftKings pump $20 million into sports-betting initiative for the 2022 ballot

BY: - July 12, 2021

Sports-betting titans FanDuel and DraftKings poured $20 million in June into a campaign to legalize sports betting by amending the Florida Constitution in 2022, according to campaign finance records reported Monday afternoon by a political action committee. The report was announced by Florida Education Champions, a sports-betting PAC waging the constitutional amendment campaign bankrolled by […]

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces take aim at FL compact with Seminole Tribe from different angles

BY: - July 7, 2021

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces appear to be united in fighting Florida’s new, high-dollar gambling compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But for different reasons, of course. Still under review by federal Indian gaming authorities, the compact ratified by the Florida Legislature in mid-May already has attracted a legal challenge […]

Citizen efforts to amend FL Constitution face cap on financial help, starting Thursday

BY: - June 30, 2021

Thirty-one active citizen initiatives to amend the Florida Constitution face a deadline Thursday that may, for some, dictate whether voters ever see them on a ballot. That’s because a new state law, Senate Bill 1890, signed into law May 7 and effective July 1, curtails how much money initiative campaigns may accept in contributions from […]

Petition drive for sports-betting Constitutional amendment in FL is under way

BY: - June 28, 2021

The political action committee trying to legalize sports betting in Florida through a 2022 Constitutional amendment has already launched its drive for petition signatures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The call for petition signatures by the Florida Education Champions PAC began via social media Friday, the day after the Florida Division of Elections authorized the […]

Florida gambling drama builds; sports-betting interests unveil constitutional amendment effort

BY: - June 24, 2021

Update: The Florida Division of Elections just approved and posted the proposed sports-betting initiative, allowing a petition drive for a constitutional amendment backed by the sports-betting industry to begin immediately. A 2022 ballot initiative to legalize sports betting in Florida regardless of the state’s newly ratified gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is […]

Seminole tribe to defend new FL gambling compact at federal level: We ‘have our work cut out for us’

BY: - May 25, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are celebrating their success last week in advancing a 30-year agreement on gambling worth at least $2.5 billion to Florida over the next five years and much more over the next three decades. But did they succeed in crafting an agreement that will survive legal challenges […]

Lawmakers approve massive gambling expansion for FL but the deal faces state and federal hurdles

BY: - May 19, 2021

Craps, roulette, and other forms of gambling associated with casinos are coming to Florida. Sports betting, too. The Florida House voted, 97-17, to that effect on Wednesday, capping a three-day special session on ratification of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ massive gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Senate had done likewise just one day […]

FL Senate goes first in ratifying gambling compact, over objections about constitutionality and secrecy

BY: - May 18, 2021

The Florida Senate ratified a 30-year gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Tuesday, ahead of a vote expected Wednesday in the House of Representatives. Over small but pointed bipartisan opposition, the Senate voted 38-1 to ratify the agreement negotiated by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It guarantees Florida […]

FL Legislature’s special session on gambling advances but exposes squeamishness

BY: and - May 17, 2021

Just before his panel voted Monday to advance legislation connected to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ big gambling deal, Republican Rep. Nick DiCeglie, from Pinellas County, confessed to mixed feelings. “I have some serious concerns about whether or not this is expansion of gambling. And that is something that I have to, you know, work out internally. […]