After embarrassing arrests reached all the way to the Lt. Governor’s office, Florida lawmakers quickly passed a complete ban on gambling in Internet cafes. But, the bill may have plenty of unintended consequences, according to a lawsuit trying to stop the bill.
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.
At a solid waste center in Miami Thursday heavy equipment went about the business of destroying illegal equipment – electronic gambling machines, or, as they’re known in South Florida, maquinitas.
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.”
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.
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.
By an overwhelming vote, the Florida House passed a measure Thursday which would ban so called ‘internet café games’.
The destination casinos bill making its way through the Florida House died Friday after the House Business & Consumer Affairs Committee that was hearing the bill continued it until the next legislative session in 2013.
A Senate committee Thursday approved a bill that would regulate Internet cafés, and rebuffed a proposed ban on the hundreds of businesses that critics compare to “storefront casinos.”