The House Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee held a three-hour meeting to discuss expanding gaming in Florida. Presentations were given by numerous national and international integrated resort casino operators, such as Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, and Genting. Existing state pari-mutuel operators petitioned the committee to create a level playing field as new entrants into the gaming market are considered, in particular arguing for equal tax rates for gaming products, regardless of the operator. Committee members queried operators about the size of the footprint of casinos operating within integrated resorts, competition for existing businesses located near proposed resorts, and policies for local recruitment of staff.