Florida threatens suit over Class III procedures

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said he will sue the Interior Department if it issues Class III procedures for the Seminole Tribe.

McCollum cited a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that invalidated the Class III secretarial procedures. He said Interior can't force a state to accept Class III gaming over the state's objections.

"They can put all they want in a letter to the governor, but I don't think they can act on it,'' McCollum told The Miami Herald.

Interior says it will authorize the tribe to offer slot machines unless the state can reach a compact by November 15. The tribe and the state say they are near an agreement.

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State to sue feds if Seminole Tribe is given slots (The Miami Herald 11/8)