'Leave it be': New ad for gambling initiative out – Florida Politics (blog)
“Leave it be until Amendment 3,” says a new ad from the group behind a constitutional amendment on voter control of gambling expansion that will be on November’s statewide ballot.
Voters In Charge, the political committee backing the Voter Control of Gambling Amendment, on Wednesday announced “a 30-second television ad, a 60-second radio ad, as well as digital and social media advertising, starting today in select media markets in Florida.”
“The reaction by gambling lobbyists and Tallahassee politicians shows exactly why we need Amendment 3,” Voters in Charge Chairman John Sowinski said in a statement.
Lawmakers now are, in the ad’s words, “scrambling for gambling” as they try to agree on comprehensive legislation by the end of the 2018 Legislative Session on March 9.
That includes an agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida guaranteeing $3 billion over seven years from the Tribe’s gambling revenues in return for exclusive rights to keep offering blackjack and add roulette and craps at their casinos.
“The ads follows the release of a recent poll by Hill Research Consultants conducted by Voters in Charge which found support for Amendment 3 at 76 percent,” a press release said.
Proposed amendments need 60 percent voter approval to be added to the state’s constitution.