Miami Republican Representative Erik Fresen, who is the sponsor of the House Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, asked that the bill be withdrawn from consideration by the panel at its last scheduled session of the year, thus killing the bill.

“Today’s action on the casino gambling bill is a resounding victory for those of us who have opposed this assault on Florida’s family-friendly economy,” said House Rules Chairman Gary Aubuchon.

If it had been passed, the proposal would have created a state gaming commission that would license no more than three South Florida casinos whose owners invested at least $2 billion each into building resorts.

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