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Gambling Deal Challenged

November 19th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

The Speaker of the Florida House says lawmakers need to be consulted before the Seminole tribe can expand gambling in Florida. The Governors office says lawmakers have no say in the matter, so as Mike Vasilinda tells us, at least one house of the legislature is going to court.

Hear it here: Gambling Deal Challenged

The ink on the gaming pact signed with the Seminoles is less than a week old, and its already in court.

Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio has asked the state Supreme Court to invalidate the pact…saying it must be approved by the legislature.

But the Governors Chief of staff made it clear during last weeks announcement that they didnt agree.

There is no provision in our constitution for a ratification of this compact and it is not our intention that the legislature will ratify it, Chief of Staff George Lemieux said. Thats certainly a decision that they can make. We are sending it off to the federal government for their approval.

Seminole Attorney Barry Richard also believes that the legislative approval isnt required.

There is nothing in this agreement that invades the legislative prerogatives, Richard said.

The House Speakers office wasnt available for comment, but they did produce a long list of compacts, interstate and otherwise, that they say needs legislative approval.

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