Internet cafe ban in Florida? Lawmakers closing in on final vote today to shut down adult arcades

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers are closing in on a final vote to shut down the state's internet cafes.

The Florida Senate is scheduled to take up a measure today that would ban the storefront operations. The legislation could also put senior arcades out of business.

Senate President Don Gaetz said he wants to send the bill to Gov. Rick Scott this week.

The Legislature is feeling pressure to act after an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World charity. It was accused of running a $290 million illegal gambling business that directed most of the proceeds into its owners' pockets.

The investigation also prompted Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resign after she was questioned about consulting work she did for Allied. She has been not been accused of any wrongdoing.

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