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Fla. to hold hearings on casinos and gambling

Posted at 6:20 AM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-23 02:21:55-04

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) - Florida state senators are holding the first of four public hearings about the future of gambling in the Sunshine State.

Some 60 people have already signed up to testify Wednesday during a meeting that will be held on the north campus of Broward College. The Senate Gaming Committee will also hold hearings in Lakeland, Jacksonville and Pensacola.

The Republican-controlled Legislature in early 2012 shot down a bill to allow major casinos in South Florida. But now lawmakers are considering changing the state's gambling laws.

Among those scheduled to testify include a lawyer who has represented adult arcades that were shut down as a result of a recently-enacted ban on Internet cafes. Others have asked to speak on compulsive gambling and the economic impact of casinos.