A controversial bill to bring three destination casinos to Florida is dead. House sponsor Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, withdrew the bill before it even came to a vote, simply saying he hoped to "continue the conversation" about the issue and the direction the state should take in gambling.
House Rules Chair Gary Aubuchon immediately put out a press statement saying that the bill will not be heard by other committees or taken directly to the full House. "As long as I am the Chairman of the House Rules Committee, this bill will not be withdrawn from any committees and is dead for this year" said Aubuchon in the release.
By Kathleen HAUGHNEY