Florida lawmakers are moving ahead with a ban of internet cafes despite protests that the ban could also shut down other businesses.
The Senate Rules Committee approved the ban on Tuesday and the legislation could go to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott later this week.
The committee approved the bill over the objections of players and owners of senior arcades. Arcade operators contend the legislation is too broad and will put them out of business. Arcade players say the facilities give senior citizens a place to go.
The Legislature is feeling pressure to act in the wake of 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.