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Seminole Compact Could Loose Exclusive Game Rights

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May 04, 2015

The current gaming compact between Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state is about to expire. A new compact needs to be negotiated. One of the issues that needs to be resolved is the tribes exclusive rights to operate table games. However the state's Legislature adjourned for the year leaving the future of the gaming rights unsure.

Rights to the casino games were being discussed. However due to a stalemate on the budget, both the state House and the Senate closed. The adjournment was three days before schedule.

The Seminoles own five casinos in Florida. They are the only ones in the state that can operate blackjack and other banked card games. In exchange for the rights, $1 billion is paid to the state over five years.

The current compact will expire in July.

A letter citing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was sent to lawmakers. It is required by Federal law that the state must negotiate in good faith with the tribe.

In order for a new compact to be negotiated, a special session will need to take place. The president of the Senate has stated that he is willing to let the compact expire.

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