TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Florida News Network) -- The bill to ban Internet Cafes hits the Senate floor in Tallahassee Thursday.
Gale Fontaine, president of the Florida Arcade Association, says lawmakers are doing more than banning storefront casinos.
She says they're also shutting down penny arcades that are popular with the senior set.
"You can't be a legal business for 30 years and then one day wake up and have the legislature decide that 'Oh, you're not legal anymore,' " she said. These rooms are very important to the seniors."
She adds that these are the very people that lawmakers promise to protect when they get elected, and they're turning around and dealing damage, instead.
Fontaine says there's a world of difference between Penny Arcades and Internet Cafes.
She said she believes it's a plot by pari-mutuel lobbyists to shut down the competition and get all those seniors into their dog and horse tracks.
It has been no secret that dog and horse tracks have been bleeding business because of the Penny Arcades. Many seniors see the chance to socialize in air-conditioned comfort as superior to heading to the tracks.
The arcade owners are pushing an amendment that would exempt them from the state ban.