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Bill seeks to create Florida Gaming Control Commission


A bill to create a Gaming Control Commission in Florida has been introduced in the Florida State Senate.

Senate Bill 7076 was introduced by Regulated Industries and calls for the creation of the Florida Gaming Control Commission within the Office of the Attorney General, a move that would help to expand the abilities of the Office of Statewide Prosecution to investigate illegal gambling activity.

The bill outlines that from July 1 2022, the Commission will hold certain responsibilities including governing administrative authority, pari-mutuel betting and slot machine gaming.

Unless objected to or put on hold, the bill is set to take effect from July 1 2021.

The news comes as an attempt was made last month to legalize online and retail sports wagering in Florida. House Bill 1317 is currently with the Regulatory Reform Subcommittee and is proposed to take effect from October 1 this year.

Senate Bill 7076 undergo a hearing with the Senate Regulated Industries Committee on April 12.