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Gambling control gets a hard time at Supreme Court

November 2nd, 2016 by Mike Vasilinda

While many voters are still trying to make up their minds before election day next Tuesday, lawyers before the Florida Supreme Court were trying to help the court sort out the details of a proposed constitutional amendment to control gambling. Organizers have collected enough signatures to get a hearing on the question they want to ask voters in 2018. Most justices, including Barbara Pariente asked tough questions about the amendment’s attempt.

Sot: Barbara Pariente

Supreme Court Justice

“If somebody is against gambling, wouldn’t they want this amendment?”

“If they area against gambling, they would want this amendment” responded gaming expert Marc Dunbar, who opposes the amendment and told the court it was flawed.

Adam Schachter, the lawyer arguing for No Casino’s Inc. doesn’t agree.

“The issue before the court is not whether gambling is going to be undone. The issue is whether the voter s should have the right to authorize casino gambling. The impact of that on casino gambling in the future or existing gaming facilities is for another day” Schachter said after the hearing.

The ballot measure, if allowed on the ballot and approved, would end all gambling in Florida except for Tribal casino’s unless voters approved in a following referendum.

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