Seminole Tribe talks with lawmakers about Class III casino deal

A view of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Photo from Facebook

The Seminole Tribe and lawmakers in Florida are in discussions about renewing the Class III gaming compact.

Last year, the tribe was close to a new deal with Gov. Rick Scott (R). But he has refused to return to the table after facing opposition from lawmakers who have been debating a host of other gaming issues to no avail during their current session.

As a result, lawmakers do not appear to be any closer to deal with the tribe either. Sen. Rob Bradley (R) said the parties remain far apart.

"We are not going to recommend to our members a deal that doesn’t make sense for the people of the State of Florida," Bradley told The Miami Herald.

The legislative session ends May 1 so time is running out to renew the compact. Bradley introduced a bill to authorize a one-year extension of the deal but it has not become law.

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Bradley: Gambling bills face long odds as compact discussions are now underway (The Miami Herald 4/22)

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