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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 2, February 2012, Posted On: 1/20/2012

Florida, South Carolina Lawmakers Debate New Sweeps Video Laws

Marcus Webb
electronic sweepstakes games, Internet café, Florida's Regulated Industries Committee, South Carolina sweepstakes law, electronic sweepstakes ban, gaming, Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, FL and COLUMBIA, SC -- Florida state senators on the Regulated Industries Committee voted Jan. 19 for a bill that would permit sweepstakes videogames, subject to a $100 per-machine annual tax. Pro-sweepstakes lawmakers said the measure could preserve up to 13,000 jobs in the Sunshine State's estimated 1,000 Internet cafés.

Earlier in the week, Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement opposing electronic sweepstakes, and a House committee voted 10-5 to ban the Internet games and the venues in which they're placed.

In South Carolina, which banned video poker machines a decade ago, a new bill to ban sweepstakes games has been introduced. Supporters of the proposal predict it will be passed by the end of the current session, according to local media. | SEE STORY

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