Florida governor signs Seminole casino compact into law

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) signed into law the bill that ratifies a Class III gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe.

The deal authorizes slot machines at seven tribal casinos and card games at three facilities. The tribe will share a minimum of $1 billion over the next five years.

The tribe will continue to share revenues with the state after five years but the amount will go down depending on the expansion of non-Indian gaming. Lawmakers plan to re-examine the issue in five years.

The compact now goes to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for final approval.

Get the Story:
Crist signs $1 billion Seminole gambling deal (The MIami Herald 4/29)
New gambling law is a big deal for Florida (The South Florida Sun Sentinel 4/29)
Crist signs bill finalizing $6.8B Seminole Tribe gaming compact (The Tampa Bay Business Journal 4/28)

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