Gaming deal goes to Governor Ron DeSantis – CBS Miami
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – Just a day after lawmakers gave their final approval, Gov. Ron DeSantis officially received a bill on Thursday that would strike a 30-year gambling deal with the Seminole tribe of Florida.
Lawmakers held a three-day special session this week to pass the bill (SB 2A) and other gambling-related measures.
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DeSantis negotiated the agreement, which includes the authorization sports betting in Florida, with the Seminole tribe, but the measure had to be ratified by the legislature.
The deal, known as the pact, is expected to provide at least $ 2.5 billion to the state over the first five years.
DeSantis is certain to sign the measure, but it is likely to face legal challenges.
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DeSantis also received five other bills Thursday, including a bill (SB 4A) that would create a new state commission to regulate gambling; a bill (SB 8A) that would bring about changes in the pari-mutuel industry; and a bill (SB 7072) to crack down on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Lawmakers passed the social media bill, a priority for DeSantis, in the regular legislative session that ended on April 30.
DeSantis must take action on bills by June 4, although it usually acts more quickly after receiving the legislation.
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