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Gambling Deal

March 3rd, 2010 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist is betting on an Indian gaming compact this year, hoping the third time will be the charm to pass the compact. The original gaming deal with the tribe was nixed by the State Supreme Court. Last years deal wasnt ratified by the legislature. Crist says despite the difficulties facing the gaming expansion, hes more confident than ever.

Im pretty confident. There has been movement like we have never seen before as it relates to the Seminole compact to help education for our children. The House and the Senate are really warming up to it. I remain hopeful that theyll do the right thing, said Crist.

If the legislature agrees on a deal, the state would receive 430 million dollars for next years budget. Holding the deal back are Florida casinos that would be put at a disadvantage by giving the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to certain games.

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