Florida gambling study comes under fire

State hired group to study impact of gambling

Published On: Apr 18 2013 09:47:07 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

An anti-gambling group is criticizing the company chosen to do a critical study on the future expansion of gambling in Florida.

The Florida Legislature late last week signed a nearly $400,000 contract to have New Jersey-based Spectrum Gaming Group conduct a comprehensive study of gambling.

The company will be responsible with creating two detailed reports that closely examine the state's mix of gambling and the impact of changing state law.

No Casinos Inc. questioned whether Spectrum would come up with an objective analysis given the company has done work for casino operators. No Casinos President John Sowinski complained the review could be a "propaganda tool."

A spokeswoman for Senate President Don Gaetz defended the choice and said Spectrum is responsible for fact-finding, not making recommendations on gambling policy.