What Will The Florida Legislature and Comprehensive Gaming Policy Mean to Broward County?


Whether or not you are a fan of casino gambling, slots, pari-mutuels, or simply purchase a lottery ticket every once in a while, it is clear that gambling is alive and well in Broward County.

The Senate Committee on Gambling is currently reviewing gambling statutes to address the ambiguities, inconsistencies, and exceptions in current law and to craft an action plan. They are studying the economic, fiscal and social impact of gambling, considering the many differences of opinions of pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces along with a myriad of special interest groups.

Gaming is a well-established business sector in Florida with roots stretching back to the 1890s. In the past 25 years, gaming industries have been transformed, not just in Florida but all around the country. Pari-mutuel wagering has declined. The State Lottery, as well as cruises, card rooms, casinos, and “Internet cafes” have emerged. The Senate aims to replace the current structure with a comprehensive statewide approach to gaming policy.

Get ready for some lively discussion from our esteemed panel!


Steven Geller, Esq. was a member of the Florida Legislature for 20 years, where he served as the Minority Leader of the Florida Senate. He has served as Chair of the Legislative Committees on Regulated Industries (alcohol, tobacco and gambling) and as president of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). He is a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder, concentrating his practice in the areas of land use and zoning, lobbying, and gaming, representing numerous local and national clients.

George S. LeMieux, Esq. is a former U.S. Senator from Florida. He also served as Florida’s Deputy Attorney General and as the Governor’s Chief of Staff. He is a shareholder of Gunster law firm, focusing his practice on resolving business disputes and advising CEOs and prominent individuals on business, law and politics from a state and national perspective. He serves as the chairman of the board.

MODERATOR:  Todd I. Stone, Esq., Shareholder, The Stone Group

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