As it has been with every element of this high-stakes debate, there has been somewhat of a tug-of-war between the two most powerful international players, Las Vegas Sands and Genting Malaysia. Naturally, both want to use the Florida regulations to put the other at a disadvantage.
The bills expected to be filed by state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and state Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, would allow three $2 billion resort casinos in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and create an independent gambling commission modeled after the strict regulatory boards that govern both New Jersey casinos and Nevada casinos.
If approved, these proposals will put everything from horse and dog tracks, poker rooms, jai-alai frontons, sweepstakes games and full casinos — which are now regulated by three different state agencies — under a single appointed board. The Florida Lottery would not be regulated by the commission, nor would the Indian tribal casinos, as they are not governed by state law.