As many of you may already know, Amendment 13: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida is going to be introduced on the general election ballot come November. The passing of this amendment will give voters in Flori
The Seminole Tribe, who have been operating their casinos in Florida for years, are also not thrilled about any new casino being built in the area which will increase competition. While the inclusion of Amendment 13 on the ballot seems to empower the voter, it doesn’t really make sense. It would give voters in one part of the state to decide whether a casino can open somewhere else in the state of Florida. Not to mention, this would only benefit large corporations who already have sources to gather the hundreds of thousands of signatures that will be required for considering the approval of a new casino being built in Florida. Furthermore, it is important to note that the only reason why Amendment 13 has made it to the ballot paper is because of the heavy lobbying by the likes of Disney and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Both have significant skin in the game when it comes to attracting those tourist entertainment dollars. Since Amendment 13 is focused on gambling, it does not only focus on new casinos being built, but also other gambling avenues such as horse racing facilities.
Out of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution, only two were put there by actual legislature and actual sound reasoning. Amendment 13 is not one of those two. While it would be good to make it harder for gambling to expand in the Sunshine State, Amendment 13 is unfair. Amendment 13 promotes the right of residents to decide their own destiny by voting, but at what cost?