Amendment 3, the voter approval of Casino gambling initiative, would give Voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling in the states”. Any new Casino gambling in florida which includes, casino games, card games and Slot machines- would require voter approval through a constitutional amendment.
The legislature now makes those decision, either through laws and amendments. This would not impact casino gambling on lands owned by Native American tribes. The tribes would not be require to pass a statewide referendum to expand gambling.
“This is a remarkable move by the seminole tribe,” Sarkissain said. “This is their big win”.
Disney Worldwide services Inc and the seminole tribe of Florida have poured a combined of $36 million into a campaign to support the ammendment.
Sports betting is currently a $250 million industry in florida. The tribe seminole has the exclusive rights to operate casino with card games, like Black Jack.
“The tribe has done very well for themselves”, sarkissian said.
“They want to know their future’s being protected. They want to know that pari mutels won’t grow anymore. There’s always been fight that want to grow, but the tribe doesn’t want it”.