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Additional Steps Could Be Taken to Aid Pari-Mutuel Wagering Industry and/or Cut Regulatory Costs, Report No. 03-56, October 2003
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The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering is effectively carrying out its mission to regulate horse and dog races and cardroom and jai alai games. However, over the last decade, Florida’s pari-mutuel wagering industry has declined steadily, with attendance and state revenue falling dramatically. The Legislature has amended pari-mutuel wagering laws several times in an effort to stimulate the industry. Nonetheless, the industry no longer generates sufficient revenue to support both the cost of regulation and the $29.9 million distribution to counties mandated by current law. To assist the industry and ensure that the state does not have negative fiscal impacts due to declining pari-mutuel revenues, the division and Legislature could consider additional steps to cut state regulatory costs, aid the industry, and/or revise the distribution of funds to counties.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Pari-Mutuel Wagering Regulation
Professional Regulation
Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-12 Lottery Profits Decline; Options Available to Enhance Transfers to Education,published in March 2011.
  • Report No. 10-17 Lottery Jackpots, Retailer Density, and Advertising Drive Transfers to Education,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 10-16 Lottery Profits Flat; Increasing Retailer Outlets Is Critical to Increasing Sales,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 09-14 Lottery Profits Are Slowing with Economic Downturn; Advertising Services and Retailer Commission Rates Need to Be Addressed, published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 08-19 Lottery Profits Continue to Increase; Options Available to Enhance Transfers to Education, published in April 2008.
  • Report No. 07-09 Lottery Scratch-Off Sales Increase; Options Available to Enhance Transfers to Education, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-04 Florida’s Lottery Responding to Revenue, Efficiency, and Minority Retailer Challenges, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 05-28 Progress Report: Most Options to Aid Pari-Mutuel Industry Not Implemented; Legislature Determining How to Regulate Slot Machines, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 04-80 OPPAGA Report: Lottery Faces Challenges Meeting Future Revenue Demands, Continues Work to Improve Efficiency, published in December 2004.
  • Report No. 04-01 Progress Report:  Florida Lottery Makes Progress by Implementing Many Justification Review Recommendations, published in January 2004.
  • Report No. 02-11 Justification Review: Sale of Lottery Products Program, Department of the Lottery, published in February 2002.

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