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Bondi, Putnam, Atwater line up against resort casino plan



All three state Cabinet members oppose a controversial plan that would allow resort casinos in Florida, with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Thursday calling the idea an "insidious threat,'' the News Service of Florida reports.

Opposition by the three Republican officials adds another element in what likely will be a huge political and lobbying fight during the 2012 legislative session about House and Senate bills that would allow up to three "destination" resort casinos in Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott has not taken a firm stance on the proposals, though he has said he doesn't want the state's budget tied too closely to gambling revenues and also expects the 2012 session to be dominated by other issues, such as redistricting.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 6:16pm]


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