Florida Gov. has 1 week to sign ban on gaming centers

Rick Scott
Posted at 1:47 PM, Apr 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-05 09:50:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Internet cafes will become illegal within the next week.

State lawmakers on Friday delivered to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would ban the storefront gaming operations.

Scott has until April 12 to sign the bill. The governor's office has already said that Scott supports the legislation.

The ban takes effect immediately after Scott signs the bill.

Florida legislators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to ban approve the ban. It was a quick response to a scandal that led to dozens of arrests and the lieutenant governor's resignation last month.

The operations allow customers to play sweepstakes games that simulate slot machines. But the new law will also impact senior arcades around the state as well. That's because the bill bans arcades from handing out gift cards to winners.