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Gambling bill on Florida pari-mutuels gets first approval

Photo: Helena Lopes
Photo: Helena Lopes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s jai alai frontons and quarter horse and harness horse racing tracks could choose not to conduct live events and still be able to operate poker and slot machine rooms under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.

Thoroughbred horse tracks would still have to conduct live racing under the bill that was approved Monday, and while greyhound racing is now illegal in Florida, permit holders could still run card rooms and slots.

Permit holders wouldn’t be able to move their licenses to new locations.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.