Advisory Op. to the Att’y Gen. re Authorization for County Voters to Approve or Disapprove Slot Machines within Existing Pari-Mutuel Facilities – Case Brief Summary (Florida)

In Advisory Op. to the Att'y Gen. re Authorization for County Voters to Approve or Disapprove Slot Machines within Existing Pari-Mutuel Facilities, 813 So. 2d 98 (Fla. 2002), the Court considered a proposed amendment to authorize slot machines.

That initiative provided that the "legislature, by general law, shall appropriate tax revenue derived from slot machines to enhance senior citizen services, classroom construction, education programs, and teachers' salaries and benefits." Id. at 99.

Although we disapproved the proposed amendment for inclusion on the ballot, in addressing this tax allocation provision we opined that "the fact that the proposed initiative includes both local authorization to approve slot machines and a mandate that such slot machines be licensed and taxed for a particular purpose is not problematic. " Id. at 101.