Harold James went from putting criminals behind bars to sitting in the cell next to them Tuesday when he was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for protecting a sports-betting ring.
The Florida Arcade Association estimates that 150 adult arcades across the state have voluntarily closed their doors since Gov. Rick Scott signed a law last week intended to close all strip-center gaming parlors.
With little fanfare, Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that prohibits gaming centers also known as “internet cafes” which will shutdown the industry that critics have likened to “storefront casinos.”
Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll spoke out Thursday about her alleged involvement in an illegal gambling operation.
The state’s Internet cafés are one vote away from being shut down.
Genting Americas, the Malaysian casino giant that was at the forefront of a failed push to expand gambling in Florida last year, is proceeding with plans to eventually demolish the historic Miami Herald building on the bank of Biscayne Bay.
Legislation that would shutter Internet cafes and possibly senior arcades passed the Senate Rules Committee unanimously Tuesday, and the sponsor said he would push for a vote by the full Senate as soon as Thursday.
Internet cafes are just one vote away from being outlawed in Florida.
In the wake of a scandal which prompted the resignation ofthe state’s lieutenant governor, the House is moving full steam ahead on a measure which would ban internet cafes and adult arcades.
Florida gambling establishments, commonly known as Internet cafes, took another hit in the Florida Legislature Monday.