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Lawmakers Gamble with Gaming Compact

May 4th, 2009 by flanews

Lawmakers are gambling with the Seminole Gaming Compact.

Monday, members of the state budget conference decided to leave the compact out of their budget agreement. The compact could raise half a billion dollars for the state, but with three different proposals on the table, members of the conference decided to postpone their negotiations. Budget Co-chair David Rivera says negotiating a compact was slowing down the budget process, which has already been extended by a week.

We did not what the gambling discussions to hold up the budget discussions. We wanted to make sure we had a budget and we wanted to make sure any gambling issues didnt complicate closing on the budget, said Rivera.

Governor Charlie Crist says if a compact isnt approved soon, the Seminole Tribe will likely get the go ahead to expand gambling from the Federal Government. If that happens, Florida would get nothing from the deal.

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