Link to an article – here:
The bill is Senate Bill 8 and you can read the latest analysis put out by the Florida Senate on Page 35 here:
There’s no way to sugar coat this:
Apparently Florida horsemen and track management want to make ADW wagering a FELONY. The bill would not be worded the way it is if that were not the case.
There’s still time to save ADW wagering in the State of Florida – but you need to act NOW.
HANA is asking all Florida residents – horseplayers or not – to take 5 minutes out of your day – and WRITE your Florida State Senators and Florida House Representatives:
TELL THEM YOU ARE STRONGLY OPPOSED to the anti-ADW provisions in Senate Bill 8 – and that you are VERY MUCH IN FAVOR of PRESERVING ADW WAGERING FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS.
We ask that you not just send an email – but that you also do it the old fashioned way:
Mail your Florida State Senators and your Florida House Representatives a POST CARD or a hand written LETTER. Include your name and address. And tell them very succinctly you are strongly opposed to the Anti-ADW provisions in Senate Bill 8 – and that you are very much in favor of preserving ADW Wagering for Florida residents.
Get your friends and family members to mail in POST CARDS and hand written LETTERS too. (Because stacks of post cards and letters are really hard for them to ignore.)
Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and CALL. Chances are you won’t get to speak with your State Senators or House Representatives directly - but you CAN voice your opinion to their staff consultants.
Be polite. Be brief - and get right to the point:
Simply tell them you are strongly opposed to the Anti-ADW provisions in Senate Bill 8 – and that you are very much in favor of preserving ADW Wagering for Florida residents.
If you will conduct yourself in the manner described above: The staff consultant will more than likely say Thank You afterwards - and tell you that Your Opinion MATTERS.
Look, you can sit on your hands and do nothing.
Just know that if you do that there’s a really good chance the Florida Horsemen and track management will get their way – and ADW Wagering will become a FELONY in the State Florida.
Don’t think it can’t happen. Horsemen did this to horseplayers in Arizona back in 2007 and it took almost eight years to get the law overturned.
Only YOU can save ADW Wagering - ACT NOW,
Effective Communication with your Representatives:
Florida House of Representatives Home Page:
Find Your Elected Officials in Florida Page:
Florida State Senate Directory:
Florida House of Representatives Directory:
Main Switchboard for Gulfstream Park: Phone (954) 454-7000
Main Switchboard for Tampa Bay Downs: Phone (813) 855-4401
Florida HBPA Main Office at Gulfstream: Phone (954) 457-3516