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  • Bob Jarvis: Local option still best hope for true gambling reform

    So where do we go from here? That's the question after the Florida Legislature's recent announcement it was again punting on bringing order to the state's chaotic gambling laws.
  • As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders

    As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders
    Every three days, a greyhound dies at a Florida dog track, but House Speaker Will Weatherford doesn't want to know about it. He appears content to keep the blinders on. In his stubborn resistance to better gambling regulations, Weatherford refuses to...

    Gambling bills are off the table, House speaker says

    Gambling bills are off the table, House speaker says
    TALLAHASSEE — House Speaker Will Weatherford put a lid on any gambling legislation this session, including a proposal that would require tracks to report greyhound injuries and deaths. "I would say at this point the lights are out," Weatherford,...

    The Sun Sentinel's Take: 'De-coupling' bill needed to help greyhounds

    It was an admitted heavy lift. Fix Florida's outdated gambling regulations, open the door for new mega-casinos in South Florida, and possibly give existing pari-mutuels a bigger tax break and more games so they can better compete with the Seminole Tribe...

    Parasailing reforms sail through state Senate

    With two Pompano Beach parasailing deaths since 2007 as a backdrop, state senators on Thursday gave unanimous final passage to a bill that would impose stricter rules on commercial parasailing operators. "This is a bill that's been a long time coming,"...