Florida voters won't decide fate of big casinos

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A major casino developer is dropping its plan to ask Florida voters for permission to open big new casinos.

Genting executives met this week with legislative leaders to tell them they want to work with them as the Legislature conducts a comprehensive look at gambling in the Sunshine State.

The Malaysian company has already spent nearly a half-billion dollars to acquire real estate in downtown Miami. But efforts to get state legislators to approve a bill to allow major casinos have failed the last two years.

Over the summer two companies affiliated with Genting poured money into a political committee that hired consultants, lawyers and a company known for collecting voter signatures for constitutional amendments.

Florida voters three times in the past have rejected constitutional amendments to allow casino gambling.

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