Senate makes small counteroffer in gambling negotiations

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In a meeting this morning, the Florida Senate countered the House’s last offer in ongoing gambling bill negotiations. The sides are expected to meet again this afternoon with a goal of having an agreement in time for a vote by midnight Friday when this legislative session ends. If no deal is reached, gambling bills will have to wait for a special session.

The Senate’s <a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/2009/Senate/appbills/offers/gg///Offer_05052009_0900.pdf">counteroffer</a> accepts two House positions on the Seminole Compact that don’t affect gaming (shorter compact term and requires insurance) and accepts the House’s counteroffer of allowing qualifying dormant jai-alai permitholders to convert their permits to greyhound racing.

Josh Hafenbrack of the <a href="http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/dcblog/">South Florida Sun-Sentinel</a> is reporting that the Senate will accept the House’s limits on bets ($50) and buy-ins ($1,000) for poker, but that isn’t included in the counteroffered posted on the Senate’s Web site.