Florida lawmakers are once again considering a bill that would allow a casino to be built in Miami-Dade or Broward.
The bill was already approved by a Senate committee last week. It is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate when it convenes on March 7.
In previous years, Florida lawmakers have failed to approved bills as time ran out for a deal before the legislative session ended. This year is different though, as lawmakers have the legislation ready to go even before the session begins.
If approved, two new casinos offering slot machines would be permitted, as part of a new deal with the Seminole Tribe. One of those new casinos could be Genting’s Resorts World Miami, ( they would have to compete with other bidders for the rights.)
The Florida House is not on board with the plan yet though, and has a competing bill that doesn’t allow for gambling expansion. Negotiation between the Senate and House would be required to resolve their differences.
Even if the legislation fails, Genting is still working to use the slots permit from Gulfstream to build a casino in downtown Miami. Genting has sued Miami-Dade County in an attempt to clarify their legal right to build the casino, and the next hearing in that case is scheduled for August 2017.