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Group Wants Voters to Decide Whether Florida gets Casinos

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Oct 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-27 11:21:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A group wants Florida voters to have the final say on whether Las Vegas-styled casinos should be allowed in the state.

A newly-formed group called Voters in Charge announced Tuesday it will start gathering the nearly 700,000 signatures needed to get the amendment on the 2018 ballot.

Organizers said they are pushing the amendment due to a pending court case that could allow slot machines at dog and horse tracks across the state.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled earlier this month that slot machines could not be installed at a track 25 miles west of Tallahassee. The case is expected to be decided by the Florida Supreme Court.

The chairman of the new group says the amendment won't be necessary if the high court rules against the track.