- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate continues to block a major gambling bill in the final days of the 2016 session.

Top Republican Senate leaders said Wednesday they have no plans to vote on a proposed deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. That deal would allow the tribe to add craps and roulette at their existing casinos. The bill would also allow slot machines to be added at existing dog and horse tracks.

The legislation is stalled in a Senate committee. The session ends March 11.

Senate President Andy Gardiner contended that the bill had so many provisions in it that it was “too heavy” to pass. Some senators have said they are opposed because it is a significant expansion of gambling.

The Florida House has rejected gambling bills during the past few years, but the bill has been moving in that chamber this year.

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