Florida House passes poker bill

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The Florida House passed <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=42069&amp;SessionIndex=-1&amp;SessionId=61&amp;BillText=cardroom&amp;BillNumber=&amp;BillSponsorIndex=0&amp;BillListIndex=0&amp;BillStatuteText=&amp;BillTypeIndex=0&amp;BillReferredIndex=0&amp;HouseChamber=H&amp;BillSearchIndex=0">HB 7145</a> Tuesday by a vote of 83-33. The bill is the House’s combined attempt to address the Seminole Compact and removing most poker restrictions.

The Senate has passed <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=40418&amp;SessionIndex=-1&amp;SessionId=61&amp;BillText=cardroom&amp;BillNumber=&amp;BillSponsorIndex=0&amp;BillListIndex=0&amp;BillStatuteText=&amp;BillTypeIndex=0&amp;BillReferredIndex=0&amp;HouseChamber=H&amp;BillSearchIndex=0">SB 788</a>, its Seminole Compact bill, and its parimutuels and poker bill, <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=40442&amp;SessionIndex=-1&amp;SessionId=61&amp;BillText=cardroom&amp;BillNumber=&amp;BillSponsorIndex=0&amp;BillListIndex=0&amp;BillStatuteText=&amp;BillTypeIndex=0&amp;BillReferredIndex=0&amp;HouseChamber=H&amp;BillSearchIndex=0">SB 836</a>, has passed out of committee and is awaiting action in the full Senate.

Now, the chambers will begin negotiations over the bills to see whether they can reach a compromise before the Legislature adjourns on May 1.