Governor Crist Signs Gambling Deal, Waits for Seminoles
June 09, 2009
Governor Charlie Crist signed the gambling bill passed by the legislature after
great conflict and compromise. The Senate wanted full-scale casino gambling,
while the House wanted less gambling. They met somewhere in the middle allowing
the Seminoles to continue blackjack at their Hollywood casino and also add it at
their Coconut Creek casino. The Seminoles, however, want blackjack at all their
casinos. The deal now rests with them.
"I feel firmly that the tribe couldn't live with it and the Department of the
Interior wouldn't approve it," said Barry Richard, attorney for the Seminole
Representative Bill Galvano said, "If we're talking about filling in details or
making a policy tweak, that's not going to be very difficult, but if the tribe
expects that we would come back to the Legislature with major structural
changes, I think the more appealing route would be to just let the feds
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