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Posted: 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013
By Paris Carerra
The Florida legislature is pushing ahead with a bill that would ban internet gambling cafés.
The president of the Florida Arcade Association Gail Fontaine says the legislation is too broad and would put her out of business.
“They add an amendment to the bill to outlaw arcades, too.”
Fontaine says the bill unfairly punishes senior citizens in Florida who use arcades as a place for socializing.
“What they don’t understand is that senior arcades are not gaming. It’s a social club. It’s a place where senior’s go to meet other seniors.”
Fontaine accuses Florida lawmakers of rushing to a decision too hastily.
“The legislature decides to get together and outlaw sweepstakes right after Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigns….We’re not real happy about that because we didn’t do anything.”
She adds that Florida is the second largest state in the country in terms of senior citizens. She says eliminating the 200 senior arcades across Florida is a huge disservice.
“The legislature wants to make sure they have nothing to do.”
After a two hour debate, the measure passed the Senate Rules Committee Tuesday. The ban has passed the House and could end up on Governor Rick Scott’s desk this week.
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