Keep ‘Gambling Creep’ out of Florida

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Miami Herald | Article by John Sowinski | January 15, 2014

Gambling creep. That could mean a couple of things, but for the purposes of this column, it’s what happens every time gambling is expanded. We end up getting more gambling, less control and less revenue than promised.

Some lawyers and lobbyists spend entire careers trying to find, or to plant, the next great loophole in legislation or regulations, to allow more “gambling creep.” That’s why the scheme cooked up by the Malaysian casino conglomerate called Genting and Gulfstream racetrack should be stopped in its tracks (so to speak).

In 2004, Florida voters approved by the narrowest of margins — 50.8 percent — an amendment to allow slot machines in seven existing tracks and frontons in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Voters in both counties ultimately authorized them in separate local votes — again with the same restriction that they be limited to existing tracks and frontons.

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