Legislators in Florida May Nullify Indian Gambling Compact

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Florida state legislators are upset that they did not have a say in a gambling compact that was made between the Seminole Indians and Governor Charlie Crist. Now they may take the future of that compact into their own hands.

State Legislators are exploring the idea of allowing casino gambling at all of the parimutuels within the state. If approved, it would signal the end of the compact that Governor Crist signed with the Seminoles.

The compact, which is being fought in the Florida Supreme Court, laid the foundation for the Seminole Indians to have exclusive rights in the state to Las Vegas style slot machines, as well as blackjack and baccarat.

The only area that was excluded from the compact was Broward and Miami Dade counties. The terms of the compact were that if any areas outside of the aforementioned counties expanded their gambling operation, the Seminoles would no longer have an obligation to pay the state from their revenue.

In the talks between legislators, they believe that expanding gambling around the state would bring in additional $300 million to the state budget. that figure, in their estimation, would trump the money being received from the Seminoles.

All politicians are not sold on the idea, however. House Speaker Mario Rubio, who is also fighting the current compact with the Seminoles, believes expanding gambling would be a bad idea in the state. “”Is that the direction we want to head as a state,” said Rubio.

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