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Governor Fires Back at House Speaker Over Gambling Compact

December 4th, 2007 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist has fired back at House Speaker Marco Rubio over the Seminole gambling compact. The Speaker sued, saying that the legislature needs to approve the compact before it becomes law. On Monday, the governors legal team filed arguments against the lawsuit.

What youre seeing is a mutual respect of the separation of powers,” Gov. Crist said. “I feel confident with where we are. Our lawyers have done a very good job. I look forward to the third branch of government making the decision.

The 25-year compact with Seminoles gives the tribe the right to put slots and table games, but not roulette or craps, in 7 Indian casinos. In exchange, the state takes a percentage of the tribes profits. Oral arguments before the state Supreme Court will begin December 12th.

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