Disney pumps more money into gambling measure


With the number of petition signatures continuing to climb, Disney Worldwide Services sunk another $575,000 in September into a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida.

The political committee Voters In Charge, which is spearheading the proposal, had submitted 285,526 valid petition signatures to the state as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.

It needs to submit 766,200 signatures to get the measure on the November 2018 ballot.

The initiative would change the state Constitution and give voters the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling" in the state.

It would require voter approval of casino-style games in the future.

Efforts to get the measure on the ballot have largely been bankrolled by Disney, which had contributed $2.325 million as of Sept. 30, according to the committee's newly filed finance report.