Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts of the Florida Legislature to come to an agreement on a new Gambling Compact with the Seminole Nation. Most recently, it was reported that a July 31st deadline had been established as Florida Gov. Rick Scott failed to negotiate a renewal deal last year. As this agreement has such far-reaching gambling expansion effects, all eyes are focused on this agreement. Now, the Tampa Tribune is reporting that Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner thinks the legislative session could end with no agreed upon Compact:
Senate President Andy Gardiner Monday said he “wouldn’t be a bit surprised” if the legislative session comes and goes without a new Seminole Compact being presented to lawmakers.
Gardiner said he’s heard nothing from Gov. Rick Scott or his staff about the state of negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
“Being anti-gaming, I’m not losing sleep over it either way,” said Gardiner, an Orlando Republican.
He met with the Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau in advance of the annual 60-day session, which kicks off March 3.
As in the House of Representatives, Gardiner also said his chamber is no longer counting on the more than $200 million in gambling money the state gets from the Seminole Tribe every year.
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