Voters in Palm Beach County may be given the power to determine whether or not slot machines ought to be permitted at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. State commissioners on Tuesday will take into consideration the possible adding of a new referendum to next year’s presidential election ballot. It is expected that this would question voters to decide whether slots should be allowed at pari-mutuel establishments. A final vote from the commission is scheduled for 20th December.
Upon authorization by commissioners, followed by voters, only then would slot machines would be allowed along the track, the county’s only pari-mutuel. Seven pari-mutuels within Broward and Miami-Dade areas currently have voter-approved slot machines. A 2009 modification to the Florida Constitution permitted both counties to perform referendums on whether or not to permit the machines.
Officials in Palm Beach County point out a similar 2009 law, arguing that it would also permit them to go ahead and take the concern to voters without needing to seek authorization from the legislature.
Last month the commission agreed to consider the ballot question at the demand of Commissioner Burt Aaronson. It was stated that slot machines could possibly create millions of dollars of supplemental revenue for the state and provide the county up to 600 new jobs.
Aaronson claimed that if voters sign off, it could be no less than three years before the slots would be able to operate in the dog track, which is close to the Palm Beach International Airport.
The way forward for gambling throughout the state is predicted to be just about the most fiercely discussed matter in Tallahassee in the coming year.
The county’s legal delegation last month authorized a bill backed by Joseph Abruzzo, which will make it possible for voters to make the decision of whether slot machines ought to be allowed here. It has to nevertheless be considered by the full legislature.