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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700239: Gambling Within Florida by Loyal Millett

ARTICLE X: MISCELLANEOUS, Section 15. State operated lotteries.

SECTION 15. State operated lotteries.
  1. Lotteries may be operated by the state.
  2. If any subsection or subsections of the amendment to the Florida Constitution are held unconstitutional for containing more than one subject, this amendment shall be limited to subsection (a) above.
  3. This amendment shall be implemented as follows:
    1. Schedule—On the effective date of this amendment, the lotteries shall be known as the Florida Education Lotteries. Net proceeds derived from the lotteries shall be deposited to a state trust fund, to be designated The State Education Lotteries Trust Fund, to be appropriated by the Legislature. The schedule may be amended by general law.

ARTICLE X: MISCELLANEOUS, New Section.

Catchline: Gambling.

(a)(1) Effective January 1, 2025, the establishment of "racino" facilities shall be permitted only in the counties of Brevard, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Seminole, and Volusia.

(2) All other gambling facilities, except those that are owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, that are in violation of subsection (a)(1), shall be closed.

(b) Each "racino" facility permitted under this section shall offer any or all of the following forms of gambling:

(1) horse racing (thoroughbred or harness);

(2) dog racing;

(3) slot machines;

(4) jai-alai;

(5) card rooms;

(6) betting on any college or professional sports;

(7) table games;

(8) video poker;

(9) video lottery terminals; and/or

(10) pachinko.

(c) A 37% tax shall be levied on the proceeds from each and every racino facility permitted under this section. The proceeds of the tax shall be distributed as follows:

(1) 50% shall be deposited into the State School Fund;

(2) 2% shall be deposited into the Everglades Trust Fund;

(3) 2% shall be deposited into the Lands Acquisition Trust Fund;

(4) 6% shall be deposited into the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund;

(5) 20% shall be deposited into the Florida Retirement System Trust Fund; and

(6) 20% shall be deposited into the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund.