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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700308: Gambling II by Loyal Millett

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

SECTION 15.State operated lotteries.
  1. There shall be one lottery operated by the state. Net proceeds from the lottery shall be deposited into a state trust fund, to be appropriated by the legislature.
  2. The legislature shall enforce this section with appropriate legislation.
  3. Lotteries may be operated by the state.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, Section 23. Slot machines.

SECTION 23. Slot machines.
  1. After voter approval of this constitutional amendment, the governing bodies of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties each may hold a county-wide referendum in their respective counties on whether to authorize slot machines within existing, licensed parimutuel facilities (thoroughbred and harness racing, greyhound racing, and jai-alai) that have conducted live racing or games in that county during each of the last two calendar years before the effective date of this amendment. If the voters of such county approve the referendum question by majority vote, slot machines shall be authorized in such parimutuel facilities. If the voters of such county by majority vote disapprove the referendum question, slot machines shall not be so authorized, and the question shall not be presented in another referendum in that county for at least two years.
  2. In the next regular Legislative session occurring after voter approval of this constitutional amendment, the Legislature shall adopt legislation implementing this section and having an effective date no later than July 1 of the year following voter approval of this amendment. Such legislation shall authorize agency rules for implementation, and may include provisions for the licensure and regulation of slot machines. The Legislature may tax slot machine revenues, and any such taxes must supplement public education funding statewide.
  3. If any part of this section is held invalid for any reason, the remaining portion or portions shall be severed from the invalid portion and given the fullest possible force and effect.
  4. This amendment shall become effective when approved by vote of the electors of the state.


Catchline: Permitted gambling.


(a)(1) Effective January 1, 2025, the establishment of "racino" facilities shall be permitted only in the counties of Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, 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) 3% shall be deposited into the Everglades Trust Fund;

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


(4) 22% shall be deposited into the Florida Retirement System Trust Fund; and

(5) 22% shall be deposited into the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund.