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Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2013

Florida Internet cafe ban worded incorrectly to outlaw all computers in the state

When Florida lawmakers recently voted to ban all Internet cafes, they worded the bill so poorly that they effectively outlawed every computer in the state, according to a recent lawsuit.

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In April Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a ban on slot machines and Internet cafes after a charity tied to Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was shut down on suspicion of being an Internet gambling front.

The owner of Miami-Dade’s Incredible Investments, LLC, Consuelo Zapata, is now suing the state after her legal team found that the ban was so hastily worded that it can be applied to any computer or device connected to the Internet, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Miami Herald.

The law shut down over 1,000 cafes immediately, but the wording could easily be applied to any number of devices.

The suit maintains that the ban was essentially passed “in a frenzy fueled by distorted judgment in the wake of a scandal that included the Lieutenant Governor’s resignation” and declares it unconstitutional.

Read more on how the Internet cafe ban impacted the Indian casino industry – click here

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