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Anti gambling groups try to block expansion in Florida

Anti-Gambling groups are trying to stack the deck against gaming expansion in Florida.

Orlando based group "No Casinos" is touting numbers showing Florida is the 23rd biggest state for gambling, not 4th as supporters have often said. 

Senate President Don Gaetz has voted against almost every gaming expansion policy in the past.

But House Speaker Will Weatherford said he would be open to new casinos if a gaming commission was put in place and voters made a referendum happen.

Gaetz is standing by his house counterpart if they can come up with regulations.

"The question is, are we going to have a gaming policy that is comprehensive and fair and balanced. And so speaker weatherford and i need to make sure we lay the predicate for that."

A state commissioned study on casino expansion showed that full-service hotel casinos could potentially generate one and a half billion dollars of annual spending.

Florida's Senate Committee on gaming is expected to have a bill on expansion on February 24th.