“ No one asked me if they could be part of the Gaming Commission ”
House tenant Chris Sprowls on Wednesday refuted speculation that nepotism motivated the removal of a provision that would have delayed the path for an outgoing official to join the upcoming state gaming commission.
The proposal to create a gaming commission (SB 4A) – spent Wednesday in the lodge – is a major part of the new game expansion agreement between the state and the Seminole tribe.
He would create the Florida Gaming Control Commission and crown it as Florida’s premier gambling law enforcement agency.
Speculation around the commission began Tuesday after the Republican senator. Travis Hutson, the sponsor of the bill, introduced an amendment that removed language prohibiting elected officials from serving on the committee for at least two years after leaving.
Speaking on Wednesday, Sprowls told reporters that neither he nor his staff had discussed with lawmakers the merits of joining the committee.
âI love how the commission speculation has already started and literally the ink isn’t even dry on the invoice,â Sprowls said at a press conference. âNo, no one asked me if they could be part of the Gaming Commission. No one asked me to advocate for them or a family member or friend or neighbor to be part of the gambling commission. “
While some lawmakers have decried the potential commission as a “pension legislative package” and “hen work” during debate, others, including Sprowls, have defended the amendment, arguing that other lawmakers have passed. to various committees without objection.
“How is it different in this circumstance?” Said Sprowls. âI’m not sure there is a right answer to that. So, I think it was the desire of the members to make it consistent.
Under the measure, the five-member committee – which is to include an experienced lawyer, accountant and law enforcement official – would have criminal justice authority over gambling laws and betting institutions. mutuals such as card rooms and horse races.
According to a staff analysis, members would earn $ 136,000 per year, an amount based on the salaries of other public service boards.
All appointments would be subject to confirmation by the Senate.