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Voters will likely have say in state gambling issue


State lawmakers are about to have more discussions on expanded gambling and there's a fifty-fifty chance voters will have the final say.

The state senate has held four public hearings about gambling - including one in Pensacola. They were prompted by proposals for new resort casinos and by dog tracks begging for slots or other gaming, so they can stay in business.

The man who ran the 1994 pro-gambling campaign says voters could approve expanded gaming this time if the casinos are limited to South Florida.

Pat roberts/ 1994 gambling initiative: "My gut is that's an easier thing to get done with this legislator, because they could say we gave the people a choice in November instead of them doing it."

He may be right. In 2004 voters statewide passed an amendment that allowed Miami Dade and Broward counties to hold their own votes on slot machines.