Casino Decoupling End-Run Fails At 2016 Florida Legislative Session’s Close

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  Decoupling Defeated for Now Even though decoupling as part of the Seminole Gaming Compact legislation was declared “dead” last Friday, March 4, a hostile decoupling amendment had been quietly filed the same day to HB 1187 and later to SB 1050 this week. With pari-mutuel issues notoriously known to surface during the latest stages of the process, […]

Anticipated Florida Supreme Court Slot Machine Ruling Could Ultimately Prove Meaningless

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While decoupling hangs in the balance, the general consensus around Florida’s Capitol is that gambling expansion in Florida could depend on whether the Florida Supreme Court rules that pari-mutuel permitholders outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties can have slot machines without legislative authorization. But Sunshine State News Publisher Nancy Smith conjectured that would be ” . . […]

Sorry, Horsemen, Your Florida Legislature Just Threw You Away, Sunshine State News Publisher Nancy Smith Writes

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 On February 9, 2016, a number of horsemen had driven hundreds of miles to Tallahassee to spend three minutes apiece addressing the Florida House of Representatives’ Regulatory Affairs Committee as it considered bills that would enable the Florida Legislature to ratify the Seminole Compact and decouple Florida horse racing. But many never even got the chance.   In […]

Read Decoupling Bills Here–Florida Horsemen Reviewing Bills Filed Today; Continue To Totally Oppose ALL Decoupling

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Florida Horsemen Reviewing Bills Filed Today; Continue To Totally Oppose ALL Decoupling The United Florida Horsemen are in process of reviewing the bills filed today by the Florida House and Senate regulatory committees in regard to the Seminole Compact and pari-mutuel operations. To view the House package, click here. To view the Senate package, click here. To clarify […]

Florida’s Decoupling Losses Would Dwarf Any Seminole Compact Gains

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Florida Horsemen Continue To Totally Oppose ALL Decoupling In the wake of news yesterday that the Florida House Regulatory Affairs Committee would be drafting a bill for “partial decoupling,” Florida’s racehorse owners, trainers and breeders vehemently restated their opposition to decoupling in ANY form. United Florida Horsemen, which includes a slate of national industry organizations, the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent […]

Decoupling Officially Surfaces in Florida Legislature; Rep. Diaz to File “Partial Decoupling” Bill Next Week

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As horsemen have long expected, decoupling has reared its head in full view today as Florida House Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz told the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas he plans to file three bills relating to the Seminole Compact, one of which would contain the “partial decoupling” plan that horsemen vehemently oppose. […]

“Uncouple Decoupling,” Sunshine State News Urges Florida Legislators

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“Maybe it’s just been a long comedy of errors,” Florida Standardbred Breeders’ and Owners Association Treasurer George Birkhold told Publisher Nancy Smith this week in an interview. “All you have to do is look at the Marion County horse racing economic impact study from 2015,” he said. “In Marion alone, we’re talking $2.6 billion and 19,000 jobs. What […]

At Farm Managers Meeting, Florida Legislator Dennis Baxley Urges Horsemen to Tell Their Elected Officials “No Decoupling”

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“Apathy is our biggest problem,” Florida State Representative Dennis Baxley told a room full of racehorse breeding farm managers this past weekend at the January 9, 2016 Florida Farm Managers‘ annual meeting.  A supporter of the horse industry, Baxley, who is running for the state Senate in 2016, urged horsemen there to call, write and email their Florida Senator […]

No Decoupling . . . “It’s Even More Important Than Passing the Seminole Compact,” Sunshine State News Says

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Decoupling has a greater significance to the Sunshine State than finalizing the Seminole gaming compact, Publisher Nancy Butler Smith wrote in her column on January 11, 2016, entitled “‘Decoupling’ Is Crazy: Why Subtract from Florida’s Economic Gains?” “It’s not a one-dimensional issue and it requires lawmakers to look deeper, take a longer view, appreciate horse […]

Representing Nearly 300,000 Members Worldwide, Texas-Based American Quarter Horse Association Tells Florida “No Decoupling”

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Nearly 6,500 AQHA Members Throughout Florida The powerful American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) left no doubt about its collective strength in a recent letter to and state legislative leadership by firmly stating its opposition to decoupling Florida pari-mutuels from casinos. Decoupling, a dangerous provision pending in the Seminole Gaming Compact, would dismantle Florida’s successful horse racing […]