Landmark Ruling Blocks Florida Slots Expansion

In a unanimous 6-0 decision on Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state legislature — not counties — must approve the expansion of slot machines at racetracks.

The ruling upholds a 2013 decision by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to deny a license for slot machines at Gretna Racing in Gadsden County where voters approved slots in a local referendum in 2012.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the landmark ruling is what it prevents.

Seven other counties, including five of the state’s most populated counties, also have approved slots at tracks in local referenda.

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