Wednesday April 17, 2013 : FLORIDA COMMISSIONS GAMBLING STUDY
Assess impact of potential changes in gaming industry
The Florida Legislature has commissioned a study on gambling in the wake of the state ban on sweepstakes cafe's.
Spectrum Gaming Group, selected to conduct the study will run the two-part initiative to enable the Legislature to better understand the fiscal, economic and social impact of potential changes in the State's gambling environment, said a statement.
Spectrum's analysis will cover:
• The current social and economic effects of Florida's gambling industry
• The impact of a variety of potential changes in the industry related to state economic and social effects as well as the effect on other areas of the economy.
• A statistical analysis of relationships between gambling and economic variables for communities.
"The Florida Lottery, Seminole casinos, and gaming activities at licensed pari-mutuel facilities generate substantial economic activity; however, the state’s management of these activities has been focused on piecemeal changes, not a comprehensive policy that integrates gaming into the broader Florida economy," said Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.
"This study will help House and Senate committees comprehensively examine gaming issues, including those that will affect the scheduled renegotiation of the Seminole Gaming Compact."
The two-part report will be delivered separately in July and October 2013 and is reportedly costing the Legislature around 380 000 Dollars.