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A week after banning internet sweepstakes betting cafes, the state of Florida has announced that it has ordered a study on the various impacts gambling has on the state.
The Florida Legislature ordered the study, which will be done and presented by the Spectrum Gaming Group, who will try to figure out the social, fiscal, and economic impact gambling has on the Sunshine State. Reportedly the study will look at:
The current economic and social impact of Florida's gaming industry.
The impact that changes in the gaming industry could have on the state of Florida.
A statistical analysis of economic variables related to gambling and various communities.
Commenting on the study Florida State Senate President Don Gaetz said, "The Florida Lottery, Seminole casinos, and gaming activities at licensed pari-mutuel facilities generate substantial economic activity; however, the state’s management of these activities has been focused on piecemeal changes, not a comprehensive policy that integrates gaming into the broader Florida economy."
"This study will help House and Senate committees comprehensively examine gaming issues, including those that will affect the scheduled renegotiation of the Seminole Gaming Compact."
The study will be delivered in two parts in July and October and reportedly is being done at a cost of roughly $380,000.