TALLAHASSEE - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has asked the National
Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to stop Class III gaming at Seminole casinos.
Class III gaming includes Las Vegas-style slot machines and blackjack. It was
agreed to by Gov. Crist and later invalidated by the Florida Supreme Court in a
July 3rd ruling.
McCollum says Florida does not have jurisdiction to stop this gambling activity
on tribal property.
"I find myself and the state of Florida in the untenable position of having a
tribal gaming operation, which everyone acknowledges is unauthorized, ongoing
without the jurisdiction to stop the illegal gaming activities," he said in a
letter to the chairman of the NIGC. "As a former United States attorney, I know
you can understand the frustration of a law enforcement official forced to stand
by and watch illegal activities going on with impunity."
The letter continued, "As the regulatory official holding the power to enforce
this law, the chairman should take action immediately to see that the tribe
ceases its illegal activity until a valid compact can be consummated with the
state of Florida."
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