Florida House Tosses Seminole Compact Deal

A special Florida House committee last night threw out a proposed deal to allow the Seminole tribe to expand gambling at their casinos in the state.The panel voted unanimously to turn down the compact proposal agreed by Governor Charlie Crist.
 
The Florida Supreme Court had previously thrown out the deal Crist originally negotiated with the Seminoles, saying it needed the state legislature's approval.
 
However, the 17-0 defeat yesterday effectively ends the deal, even though it also passed guidelines allowing continued negotiations with the tribe as long as any deal goes to the legislature for confirmation.

The Crist agreement would have allowed blackjack and other banked card games at all seven Seminole casinos in Florida.

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