Slot Machines Could Be Coming To 2 Florida Counties

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A new bill, moving in the state Senate, may be bringing slot machines to two Florida counties.

A Senate panel on Wednesday took up a measure (SB 7088) that would extend an existing gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for one more year.

Without an extension, the tribe will have to shut down blackjack later this year under an agreement signed in 2010.

But the panel added several significant provisions in a series of close votes.

One of them would let tracks located in Lee and Palm Beach counties add slot machines.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee also narrowly voted to let the state’s greyhound tracks offer other types of gambling even if they stop holding live races.

The House is considering a similar bill.

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