Florida Lawmakers Move To Outlaw Internet Cafes

Apparently in Florida, internet cafes are popular among the elderly for online gambling. Thus, in surreal Taliban-esque fashion, the state is making them illegal, reports TCPalm.com:

Internet cafes across the state could soon be forced to close their doors. The Florida House on Friday overwhelming approved a ban on the gambling establishments.

The House voted 108-7 in favor of House Bill 155. It now goes over to the Florida Senate, which is considering a similar measure. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, predicts the bill will be sent to Gov. Rick Scott before the session ends. Those backing the ban called Internet cafes a “cancer” that has spread throughout neighborhoods across the state.

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  • krbbagel

    These Internet cafes are a real blight… Their popularity is based on these “scratch off sweepstakes” games and they only open near poor neighborhoods where money would be better spent on the community instead of on rigged games that ensure the house always wins. To top it off a large number of them have recently been caught in a scandal running a fake “charity” which supposedly benefits veterans. Good riddance.

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  • DeepCough

    So, Florida, how’s your economy doin’?

  • David Przybyszewski

    It’s Ok for Hard Rock to take your money with rigged games. But when state officials don’t get a piece of the action it’s illegal. If the state wants to regulate then put them under the same regulation as Hard Rock. If an adult wants to spend their money there why shouldn’t they. There are corrupt people in every line of work. Do you shutdown every dry cleaner, bar, ambulance chasing lawyer because of a few corrupt ones. Maybe every elected official that take’s free dinner or paid vacation by some lobbyist should be put behind bars. Regulate the Internet Cafe. Florida has high enough unemployment without creating more.

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