Greyhound track fights gambling amendment
Melbourne Greyhound Park has put $145,000 into a political committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida.
The Brevard County greyhound track contributed $50,000 last week to a committee known as Don’t Lose Your Control, Inc., bringing to $145,000 the track’s contributions since early August, according to a report posted on the state Division of Elections website. The committee has not received other contributions.
Don’t Lose Your Control is at least the third PAC formed to fight what will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 3. The other committees, Citizens for the Truth About Amendment 3 and Vote NO on 3, had combined to raise more than $4.1 million as of Sept. 14, reports show.
Amendment 3, which is backed by Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, would change the Florida Constitution and give voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling” in the state.
If approved, it would require voter approval of casino-style games in the future and effectively reduce the power of the Legislature and governor to decide gambling-related issues. It would need support from 60 percent of