Could 2015 be the year that Florida legalizes destination casino resorts?
In an interview with the News Service of Florida, incoming House Speaker Steve Crisafulli signaled that he is open to the idea of destination resorts. In previous years, conservatives in the House have stymied gambling legislation, while the more moderate Senate has been more open to the idea.
A 2010 compact signed with the Seminole Tribe that allows table games expires later this year and is up for renegotiation. Last month, Governor Rick Scott held a secret meeting with executives from Miami-area casinos to discuss the pending negotiations with the Tribe.
Resorts World Miami owner Genting and Sheldon Adelson have spent significant sums on lobbyists and campaign contributions in recent years in an effort to legalize destination resorts.