Published: Oct 22, 2011 8:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is opposed to permitting destination casino resorts in the state.
The influential trade organization has joined a growing list of opponents to such legislation. It's one of three key policy issues on a legislative agenda the association announced Friday.
The group also opposes state legislation to curb illegal immigration and legalize a tax break claimed by online hotel booking companies. The latter issue also is the focus of several lawsuits.
Association president Carol Dover said defeating all three proposals is critical to maintaining a pro-family, pro-business and pro-tourism environment. Besides tourism interests, resort casinos are facing opposition from religious conservatives and existing gambling interests. Those include horse and dog tracks, jai alai frontons and the Seminole Indians who run casinos on tribal lands.

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