FL court decision could bring more slots
June 05, 2015
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According to report, a Florida appeals court has ordered state regulators to allow slot machines at a Gadsden County racetrack and the 2-1 decision, issued May 29 by the 1st District Court of Appeal, could have statewide implications in counties where voters have approved allowing slot machines at local pari-mutuels.
Florida' pari-mutuel industry is regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and in late 2013 it rejected Gretna Racing's request for slot machines. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation relied in part on an opinion issued by Attorney General Pam Bondi, whose office represented the agency in the lawsuit.
In 2012, Gadsden County voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum authorizing slots at the track, which also made history after receiving the country's first pari-mutuel license for rodeo-style barrel racing. A court later ruled that state regulators had issued that permit in error.
Voters in five other counties have approved slots at local horse or dog tracks. Only the tracks in Gadsden and Palm Beach counties, however, have applied for slot-machine licenses thus far. Palm Beach Kennel Club, which is owned by the Rooney family, which also owns Empire City at Yonkers Raceway, applied for a slots machine license but was denied.
Click here to read a Sun-Sentinel report.