TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic legislators are protesting a move to shut down the state's internet cafes.
The Florida Senate is scheduled Thursday to take up a measure that would ban the storefront operations. The legislation could also put senior arcades out of business.
But Senate Democrats — worried about jobs being lost — are questioning the rush to pass the bill.
Senate President Don Gaetz said he wants to send the bill to Gov. Rick Scott this week. But Democrats said they will use a procedural move to stall a final vote.
The Legislature is feeling pressure to act after an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World charity. It was accused of running a $290 million illegal gambling business that directed most of the proceeds into its owners' pockets.