Originally Posted by TruFloridaGator
Wow. Anything we can do to help its direction for our cause or is it too late?
The PPA has stayed on top of being in contact with Abruzzo, as in past years. Like with any legislation, we can only present our case for player-friendly provisions. It is too early to know if we need more intensive lobbying efforts. It will depend on the actual bill language and the likelihood of advancement in the legislature. You can bet that all FL PPA members will be called to action if it's needed.
Originally Posted by parisron
% chance of it happening and when would it likely be up and running if passed?
I think the chance is still fairly slim this year. There are probably too many issues (Seminole compact, lottery concerns, vested interests, etc.) to be sorted out and too much attention on the resort casino bill. But there's always the possibility that it will get bundled in, like as a concession to mollify the pari-mutuels.
If it does pass, it will likely have a July 1 enactment date, something like 6-12 months for regulations development and then a licensing processing period.
I don't know yet if it is going to be a repeat of Abruzzo's bill last year, or if it will be something different. Just have to wait until it is released.