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Fla. Lawmaker Revamps Casino Legislation

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Visitors to Global Gaming Expo check out the latest gambling wares at a gaming exhibition in Macau on June 8, 2011.  Photo credit: MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Visitors to Global Gaming Expo check out the latest gambling wares at a gaming exhibition in Macau on June 8, 2011. Photo credit: MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters would get a say on casinos or slot machines at dog tracks under a new gambling proposal.

The Senate sponsor of a bill to bring mega-casinos to the state on Friday filed a revamped version of the legislation in order to win support from other lawmakers. The bill will be considered by a Senate panel on Monday.

Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff’s reworked bill would allow mega-casinos anywhere in the state but only after a county referendum. The bill would also allow voters to decide if dog tracks and horse tracks in their counties can add slot machines. Currently slot machines are limited to tracks in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The new bill also calls for regulating Internet cafes, which offer sweepstakes entries to customers who purchase Internet time.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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