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Supreme Court refuses to reconsider slots ruling

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The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to reconsider a high-profile ruling that blocked a Gadsden County pari-mutuel facility from offering slot machines.

Justices, as is common, did not explain their reasons for turning down a request by Gretna Racing for a rehearing.

The decision was unanimous, though Justice Peggy Quince was recused.

Gretna Racing argued that it should be able to offer slot machines because Gadsden County voters approved allowing slots in a referendum.

But the Supreme Court, in a May ruling, said the decision about allowing pari-mutuels to offer slot machines rests with the Legislature, not voters.

The case had broad implications because voters in seven other counties --- Brevard, Duval, Hamilton, Lee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Washington --- also have approved allowing slot machines in referendums.