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Gambling hearing coming to Pensacola

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Do you want casino gambling in Florida? Pensacola residents will get to voice their opinions in November. The Pensacola hearing is one of four across the state as state lawmakers look at creating comprehensive legislation on gambling – including casinos, dog tracks and poker rooms – that will be addressed in next year’s session. The exact dates have not been set yet.

The state legislature has Spectrum Gaming Group working on a $388,845 study that analyzes the economic impact of gaming on communities. Part one of the study was released July 1, and the final piece will be out by Oct. 1, giving residents time to review it before the meetings.

You can expect religious leaders and law enforcement to weigh in. Will Mayor Ashton Hayward, Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission also speak at the hearing?

With an election year coming up, their opinions could become issues for the campaign trails.