Daily Archives: May 16, 2009

Florida Update: Seminole tribe allowed to expand gambling

A local Florida paper provided the summary of what deal the legislature passed to allow gambling expansion in the state:

[T]he House and Senate voted to let Gov. Crist negotiate a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.  Crist had tried to negotiate his own deal but his proposal was overturned by the state Supreme Court, which ruled the governor needed legislative approval.

Under the agreement, which would bring the state a minimum of $150 million a year, the Seminoles would be allowed to have blackjack and other card games at their three Broward County casinos and the Hard Rock in Tampa. They would be able to install Las Vegas-style slot machines at all seven of their casinos, which also include locations in Big Cypress, Immokalee and Brighton.

Governor Crist has until August to come to the exact terms of the gambling expansion pact with the Seminoles.

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