news: Seminole Gambling Pact
Seminole Gambling Pact Taking Shape
posted by John Kennedy on Sep 7, 2007 6:44:32 PM
The Seminole Tribe has sent Gov. Charlie Crist several drafts of a proposed agreement allowing slot machines and some Las Vegas-style table games at the seven Seminole casinos already open in Florida.
The move would be a dramatic expansion of gambling in Florida -- although the tribe would be prohibited from opening new casino sites elsewhere in the state. The nearest location to the Orlando-area and its gambling wary theme parks is Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.
Barred in the proposals would be roulette and craps. But most other table games would be okayed. In exchange, the state would receive a still-to-be-determined, annual amount of money. A Crist spokesman said the governor's chief-of-staff, George LeMieux, forecasts that a deal may be reached with the tribe within two weeks.
But state lawmakers are still expected to be asked to endorse the new compact -- which remains not a sure bet. Take a look here at one example of what's on the table.
Also, if anyone is interested , here a LINK TO A DISCUSSION DRAFT
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