TALLAHASSEE -- The House Gaming Committee, spurred by this week's news of a federal probe into Allied Veterans', voted to shut down Internet cafes, maquinitas and adult game rooms by a 15-1 vote.
The only "no" vote came from state Rep. Jim Waldman, D-
, who objected to the inclusion of the maquinitas and adult game rooms, which have been existing for years in South Florida. Many of the people who operate those facilities were not even aware they were the subject of the legislation until this morning, he said.
Waldman said he believed the issue should be further studied first and that he didn't believe the bill was ready for the full House.
"It's become really a nice thing because of what happened this week," Waldman said. "That's why we're talking about it. The reality is we ought to be looking at all forms of gambling in the state of Florida."