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Former aide to House Speaker Dean Cannon wades into gambling fight as lobbyist for internet cafes



From the Associated Press:

Julie Fess, a former aide to House Speaker Dean Cannon ... left her job as Cannon's legislative aide in September. Last month she registered as a lobbyist for Arcola Systems Florida, a company that makes software used by Internet cafes.

State legislators and many top employees in the Florida Legislature are banned from lobbying state legislators for two years after leaving the government. But the law does not cover employees like Fess, who was a legislative aide.

Internet cafes offer sweepstakes entries to customers who purchase Internet time. Critics contend they are a form of illegal gambling and some law-enforcement officials have tried to shut down the facilities that have sprung up in shopping centers across the state. Those who run the cafes insist they are legal.

Story here. (Background here, here and here.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:11am]


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