House could vote on bill to allow destination casino resorts this week

By Christina Vazquez - Reporter
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MIAMI - Local 10's Christina Vazquez checked on the status of the companion bills that would allow three so-called destination resort casinos, two in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County.

Right now, they are making their way through committee. The Senate version, sponsored by Fort Lauderdale Republican Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, is SB 710. SB 710 already passed a first reading in the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. Up next is the Senate Committee on Rules. At last check, it hasn't been added to the agenda. The House version, HB487, was sponsored by Miami Rep. Erik Fresen and could be voted on as early as next week.

A spokesman for the Florida House said it is expected to be heard by the Business and Consumer Affairs subcommittee on Tuesday. This will be the bill's first reading. If it passes, it would move on to Economic Affairs Committee

Both versions need to pass the committee process by the end of this regular legislative session on March 9 or be considered "dead."

Sen. Bogdanoff called the process a "marathon, not a sprint".

She also told Local 10's Vazquez that if the bill doesn't pass the House and Senate this legislative session she will not take it up again next session, adding she doesn't feel there is enough support for it from leadership.

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