WUFT News

New Florida senate committee on gaming holds first meeting

By on January 15th, 2013

The Florida Senate Gaming Committee held its first official meeting this week. The committee’s chair, Sen. Garrett Richter (R-Naples) expressed the importance of gaming in Florida.

Florida’s Chief Economist Amy Baker gave the committee a look at the history of gaming in the state. Baker said one of the nation’s first greyhound tracks opened in Hialeah, Fla., in 1921. She also discussed the Florida Lottery and the compact with the Seminole tribe.

“We believe that it’s important for policymakers to grasp the challenges that have occurred and formulate coherent regulations to help ensure that gaming industries contribute positively to the state’s overall economy and its social welfare,” Richter said.

Richter said that he hopes to work with the House to request a study of the gaming industry. He said this will help committee members to better understand the impact of gaming on the state.

“Going forward, as we try to collect meaningful information, my goal for this committee is to get information prepared for us that can enable us to make a decision,” Richter said.

The committee meets again next week. Richter said he hopes to have all of the details of the study worked out in the next few weeks.


This entry was posted in Politics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Politics

Early Voting

Early Voting Has Begun

Bradford county joins Levy county Monday in opening their doors for early voting. Alachua county will begin early voting Wednesday and Marion county on Thursday. These are the few counties that will have early voting until every county is open [...]


The City of Gainesville Commission tested a “phone-conference” town hall meeting. This allows residents to listen, and participate in, town hall meetings from the comfort of their own home.

City Commission Tests Telephone Town Hall Meeting

In an effort to better connect with residents, the Gainesville City Commission tested a “phone-conference” town hall meeting yesterday. Over 23,000 landlines were called.


Steve McGriff, 63, from Hog Valley, Fla., waves a sign showing support for Medical Marijuana outside of John Morgan's "Yes On 2" bus on Sept. 10, 2014.

Language on Medical Marijuana Amendment Fuels Debate

The wording of Amendment 2 for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida has sparked debate as the November vote approaches. John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan spoke at The Swamp Restaurant in support of the amendment.


IMG_8364

Student Demonstration Draws Attention to Police Brutality in U.S., Israel

A demonstration was held Wednesday in Turlington Plaza on University of Florida’s campus by Students for a Democratic Society and Students for Justice in Palestine. The purpose was to draw attention to those killed by Israeli Defense Forces as well as police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri.


Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter explains to supporters why voting results were delayed Tuesday night. Despite minor technical difficulties, the results were reported and gave some candidates the news they had been waiting for.

Yoho Takes GOP Primary Over Rush; Alachua Voting Results

Congressman Ted Yoho claimed his seat in the August primary on Tuesday amid delay in voting results. Alachua County tallied up the votes in its primary elections, naming Lee Pinkoson, Ken Cornell and Gunnar Paulson among the winners.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments