Florida Legislature: Gambling on the future?

 When the Florida Legislature opens its 2012 Session on Tuesday, it will have to focus on the state budget and redrawing Florida's congressional and legislative district lines. 

The other big issue - the one not mandated by law - will be the future of gambling in Florida and how that shakes out will directly affect Immokalee's Seminole Casino, which saw 1.2 million people pass through its doors last year. 

The News-Press and Gannett Newspapers, take a look at the 2012 Legislative Session and, speaking with Southwest Florida legislators, speculates the lawmakers may just hold their cards this year and not play them. 

As for gambling, there may not be enough time, energy or support to move it forward, writes the News-Press. 
“The fact that there are only two bills that we have to pass this year, and they’re both complex,” said Speaker of the House Dean Cannon, “I think those two (budget and redistricting) are going to suck a lot of oxygen from the room. So I think those forces combined make (gambling) a long shot.”
Read more in the News-Press

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