TALLAHASSEE - The Florida House of Representatives petitioned the Florida
Supreme Court to stop the implementation of Gov. Crist's gaming agreement with
the Seminole Tribe of Florida without legislative approval.
The U.S. Interior Department had set a deadline of November 15th for Florida to
sign a compact with the Seminoles, or federal law would entitle the Seminole and
Miccosukee tribes to install slot machines without paying state taxes. The
Interior Department will review the compact by December 28th.
In their petition, the Houses identified five similar cases where other state
legislatures had filed suits with their state supreme courts and the courts
ruled "a governor may not unilaterally bind a state to a gaming compact" with
State Senate President Ken Pruitt is reviewing the compact, but has not
announced whether the senate will file a similar lawsuit.
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