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Florida House moving ahead with Internet cafe ban

5:45 AM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - The Florida House is scheduled to approve a ban on gambling establishments commonly known as Internet cafes.

The House is expected to vote on the measure (HB 155) on Friday. The House approved a similar bill a year ago but it was not considered by the Florida Senate.

This year is different in the wake of arrests and the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, predicts the bill will be sent to Gov. Rick Scott before the session ends in early May.

Carroll has not been accused of any wrongdoing but she did work for a company involved in the business while she was a legislator.

The Allied Veterans of the World charity is accused of running a $290 million illegal gambling ring.

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