Sweepstakes cafes to continue: Controversy over Florida’s law


In July, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office raided and shut down three internet sweepstakes cafes and made no arrests—but they admitted Florida’s law regarding the cases as murky.

Sheriff’s office spokesperson, Marianne Pasha said, “That’s kind of the issue…we are working with a state issue that is not exactly black and white. There is a lot of gray.”

Despite the fact that according to law gambling in Florida is clearly illegal,except in certain specific situations, you Chapter 849, Florida Statutes, does not specify whether they buy time on a computer and then play casino-style business cash Thurs this computer is technically the game

For this reason, some enforcement agencies in applying the law of Florida is the game laws in the coffee Others are not.Senator Mike Fasano agrees the law is unclear. “This puts law enforcement in a difficult position, and it is the Legislature which way to go,” Fasano indicated.

During the last legislative session, Fasano tried to pass a bill that would allow bars sweepstakes on the Internet to continue to function, but also regulated by the state.

The bill ultimately did not move for many reasons including the fact that the sponsor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Peter Nehr decided at the last minute not to file the bill , Fasano said.

What Fasano said he knew the moment is that Rep. Nehr is an Internet cafe attracts Pinellas County. Nehr sold coffee, but told the St. Pete Times that he believes the lottery is legitimate internet cafe.

A spokesman for the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi responded to a request for clarification of state law, to direct the ABC News on the advice of the former Attorney General Bill McCollum of Florida.

The summary of opinion says “the ultimate determination of whether the laws of Florida game may have been violated must be made by local agencies of law enforcement.

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