Another Florida County Wants Slots

JASPER, Fla. (AP) -- Hamilton County voters have approved slot machines for pari-mutuel wagering facilities although Florida officials say they won't permit them.
The vote Tuesday was 61 percent to 39 percent, but only 25 percent of Hamilton's 7,793 voters cast ballots.
State regulators say they will abide by Attorney General Pam Bondi's legal opinion that says only voters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, both in South Florida, can authorize slots.
Tuesday's referendum was sought for Hamilton Jai Alai & Poker and Hamilton Downs Race Track, which plans to offer barrel racing to qualify for slots.
Traditional quarter horse interests are challenging the legality of barrel racing.
Two other north Florida counties have voted for slots at an Ebro dog track and Gretna barrel racing facility. Neither, though, has yet challenged Bondi's opinion.


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