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Fristing in Florida

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by jetset, May 2, 2007.

    May 2, 2007
  1. jetset

    jetset RIP Brian CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service

    Florida politicians take the 'Christmas tree' route

    Followers of the US political manipulation surrounding the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act last year became familiar with the terms "earmark" and "Christmas tree," used to describe problematic bills added late to other unrelated but "must pass" legislation.

    In the case of the UIGEA, Senators Frist and Kyl masterminded an initiative which saw stalled anti-online gambling legislation before Congress transformed with much wheeling and dealing into the UIGEA. This was then rammed through a late night session of Congress immediately preceding an electioneering recess, and attached to the national security-critical Safe Ports Act.

    Reports from the St. Petersburg Times this week indicate that state legislators in Florida are all too familiar with the "Fristing" technique, which was applied to expand the availability of gambling in the state under the controversial rationale of providing more tax revenues to ease the property tax burden on Florida residents.

    "On 30 minutes' public notice, a House council passed a bill that would allow 11 existing gambling sites in Florida to add 1, 000 coin- or token-operated video lottery terminals each," reports the newspaper.

    "Three affected sites are in the Tampa Bay area: Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Downs and Tampa Greyhound Track.

    "Backed by a coalition of veteran lobbyists, the video lottery idea surfaced at a time when negotiations on property tax cuts are at impasse, with Floridians demanding relief. The new machines would pump at least $500-million in tax revenue into state coffers each year, which adds much-needed flexibility to tax cut negotiations going on right now.

    "The 26-page video lottery provision was tacked onto an obscure bill HB 1551 giving the Florida Lottery authority to trademark its games. The machines allow gamblers to play a form of bingo against others at the same location.

    "Four of the gambling sites are in Miami-Dade, including a jai-alai fronton and the shuttered thoroughbred track in Hialeah. Others are in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Naples and Ocala"
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  2. May 2, 2007
  3. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

    When the pubs do it it's 'ear marks' when the dems do it it's 'pork'
    (I'm not missing the gist Jetset)

    These are the political realities we are faced with. The entire system is broken. Representative democracies have become the tools of the corporate world. If you have a special interest group and a connected lobbyist, your will be done.

    But we can be pretty sure that neither the interests of the gambler, nor the rights of the common sheepherder will be protected unless it accidentally benefits the profits of those 'in play'.

    The good news is that the pendulam swings and free will will prevail in the end.

    Florida should secede simply by denying federal road funding, or they better get their asses in line with the rest of the nation.

    Those 2@s jockeying for the Havanna action make me sick.

  4. May 2, 2007
  5. Professor

    Professor Dormant account

    Webmaster - Community Moderator
    DontArrestMe USA
    You can already purchase lottery tickets at any convenience store, gas station or food market here in Florida, so what difference does it make if you can also buy them at the Dog Track? How does this place Florida voters in danger? In actuality it would seem silly if you COULDNT buy lottery tickets at the same places you can bet OTB or wager on Dogs, Horses or Jai Alai...

    This seems like a total non event.
  6. May 4, 2007
  7. EasyRhino

    EasyRhino Dormant account

    San Diego
    I'm still giggling over reading the term "fristing". It's just so dirty.
  8. May 4, 2007
  9. pokeraddict

    pokeraddict Webmaster

    Pro Poker Player
    Las Vegas
    These are machines they are going to install that say they will have bingo. This isn't just selling lotto tickets. I assume that means other video gambling too. Delaware, Oregon and South Dakota have the same thing although only Delaware has the same clause about only being at the tracks. I live in South Dakota and there are these "video lottery" machines everywhere. They pay back 80-92% and the state gets half the revenue and the house gets the other half.
  10. May 5, 2007
  11. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

    Yip, and depending on the US political climate when the old man dies, Havanna will be the place to play.

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