MIAMI (CBS4) – There is new proposed  legislation Friday that aims to bring Las Vegas-style gambling hotels to Florida.

It is hoped that Florida tourism will be boosted if hotels are open to operate casinos.

Republican Dennis Jones and Democrat Maria Sachs filed the legislation Friday and say that these types of resorts should bring 5 million visitors to the state annually.

This comes on the heels of Gov. Rick Scott who gave the thumbs-up to the idea of Florida casino resorts on Thursday.

The bill, if passed, would allow one resort in each of five districts across Florida. That includes Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

Hearings on the issue are expected as early as next week, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.  If built the hotel-casinos may include feature entertainment, retail malls and convention space in addition to blackjack tables, roulette wheels and slot machines.

“As you know, I’ve said in the campaign that I don’t want our revenue dollars to be tied to gaming,” Scott told the Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times Thursday.  “We’ve already approved gaming in the state, so we’ll look at it going forward.”

Both Jones and Sachs say the money brought in by such a venture would boost the state’s economy.

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Comments (3)
  1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

    RICK SCOTT is a very loose cannon!

    THINK HE SHOULD STICK TO CEO AND COMMITTING FRAUD, along with Mayor Alvarez, Mayor Robaina, David Rivera, Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Scarface, and Natasha Seijas, along with the Diaz-Balart remmants.

    They are all CORRUPT, and always will be!

  2. David says:

    I love Rick Scott. The Hard rock Indians should loose the agreement from the state. They play unfair and take advantage of the elderly, who have too much time on their hands, so they gamble with their social security checks. Too bad for the indians. It won’t be the first time the white man broke an agreement with the Indians

  3. GSNP says:

    Monopolies are legal in florida [or at least for Seminole Casinos]. – Seminoles received a monopoly agreement – what did Charlie Crist receive for giving seminoles that monopoly?

    I’d rather see American company Casino-Hotels on beachfronts [vegas style] be part of Florida Casino system. They would have a Florida Gaming Commission in control instead of Seminole Gaming Control which won’t even hire experienced dealers and don’t allow full time workers be considered “full time” for probably the “benefits” which they SHOULD receive, but don’t. Workers are intimidated to NOT complain or risk losing their jobs. That couldn’t be done with American casino.

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