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Florida Harness Racing In Danger

Published: May 16, 2021 10:34 pm ET

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Reports indicate that Florida lawmakers will return to Tallahassee on Monday (May 17) for a special session to consider a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe, giving it exclusive rights to run online sports betting in Florida.

According to an article in the Tallahassee Democrat, the House and Senate also will discuss three pieces of legislation that would create a regulatory framework for online sports betting, licensing, tax rates and fees.

One would create a statewide gaming commission to regulate sports betting and other games allowed by Florida law, and a second would carve out a public records exemption to protect certain information presented to the commission.

A third bill would allow Florida pari-mutuels — with the exception of Thoroughbred racing — to “decouple” live racing and jai alai matches from their casino operations.

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