Florida Amendment 3 passes allowing voters to decide if new casinos can open

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Florida approved Constitutional Amendment 3 on Election Day, giving voters the right to decide on whether to approve new casino gambling locations.

Constitutional amendments require the approval of 60 percent or greater to pass and Amendment 3 received enough “yes” votes with 71 percent on Tuesday.

The amendment gives Florida voters the right to decide whether a new casino can open in Florida, instead of the Florida Legislature, which has failed in the past to reach an agreement on the issue.

Amendment 3 was backed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Disney, because the amendment would make it harder to expand gambling. The two groups spent nearly $40 million campaigning for Amendment 3. 

"The Seminole Tribe congratulates Florida voters for approving Amendment 3 and taking charge of any expansion of gambling in Florida," the Seminole Tribe of Florida said in a statement. "The Tribe trusts the voters to make good decisions about the future of gambling in our state."

Owners of dog and horse tracks opposed the amendment because they would need statewide voter approval to add casino gambling at each track. 

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