Any electronic game that plays like a slot machine at businesses, including adult arcades and truck stops, would be outlawed under a measure expected to get approval from the Florida House next week.
A fast-tracked bill to shut down Internet cafes in the aftermath of a multi-state sting that spurred the Tuesday resignation of Jennifer Carroll as lieutenant governor was expanded Friday in a way that lobbyists say would put out of business about 100 amusement centers located mainly in Palm Beach and Broward counties and Southwest Florida.
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Staff writer Bill DiPaolo contributed to this story.
What the bill would do
- Expand definition of slot machines to include computer systems or networks.
- Also expand definition to include games of skill and games available for free play.
- Ban gift cards and certificates that accumulate rewards from multiple games.
- Clarify that Florida law prohibits the keeping of a place for the purpose of gambling.