|Published:||Mar 22, 2013 11:55 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 22, 2013 11:55 AM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Internet cafes across the state could soon be forced to close their doors.
The Florida House on Friday overwhelming approved a ban on the gambling establishments.
The House voted 108-7 in favor of the measure. It now goes over to the Florida Senate, which is considering a similar measure.
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, predicts the bill will be sent to Gov. Rick Scott before the session ends.
Those backing the ban called internet cafes a "cancer" that has spread throughout neighborhoods across the state.
The push for the ban comes in the wake of arrests and the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
Carroll has not been accused of any wrongdoing but she did work for a company involved in the business while she was a legislator.
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