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Top Florida Republicans come out against casinos

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A sign welcomes people May 11, 2004 during the grand opening for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. South Florida's Seminole Indian Tribe has opened the state's biggest casino complex. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A sign welcomes people May 11, 2004 during the grand opening for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. South Florida’s Seminole Indian Tribe has opened the state’s biggest casino complex. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — FloridaAttorney General Pam Bondi and FloridaAgriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are joining those opposing a plan to bring mega-casinos to South Florida.

The two officials become the highest profile Republicans to take a stance against the legislation being sponsored by two GOP legislators.

Gov. Rick Scott has not taken a firm stance against the proposal, which is expected to be voted on during the session that starts in January. House Speaker Dean Cannon has been skeptical but has not rejected it completely.

Bondi said that one of the reasons she opposes the legislation is because of potential links to criminal activity. She contended that recent drug trafficking convictions in Hillsborough County showed that drug money wound up being routed through the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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