Florida Courts Unlikely to Bring Slots - Thursday 12th of May 2005

When the state Legislature failed to come up with regulations for slot machines in Broward County parimutuels, it practically guaranteed that the issue would end up in court. "But legal scholars say going to court is no guarantee that the spinning reels will arrive in Broward anytime soon.

"Lawyers for Dania Jai-Alai, Gulfstream Park, Hollywood Greyhound Track and Pompano Park harness track are expected to file suit in Broward County this week, claiming that the Legislature's inaction during the lawmaking session that ended May 6 robs them of their constitutional right to start installing slot machines at their gaming halls. "…Constitutional experts say there is little precedent in Florida for courts to tell lawmakers or the governor how to enforce the amendment -- even if the Legislature appears to violate the spirit of the law.

"…Lawyers who specialize in constitutional issues say this is not the first time legislators have delayed or revised the implementation of a constitutional amendment they dislike…"

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