Florida Senate OK's Seminole gambling deal
A gambling agreement between the state and the Seminole Tribe passed
the Senate and heads to the House for a vote next week.
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE -- With a swift 29-9 vote and little debate, the Senate
Thursday approved gambling legislation that ratifies an agreement
between Florida and the Seminole Tribe, sending the bill to the House
for a vote next week.
The bill is expected to become law in time for the state to bank $435
Gov. Charlie Crist and the tribe signed the agreement a week ago,
The measure gives the tribe slot machines at seven casinos on its
In exchange, the tribe agrees to guarantee the state at least $1
``This is a good bill. We've had gaming in this state for 85 years,''
The tribe has sought a gambling agreement with Florida for more than
Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Tampa, disagreed. She warned that the bill will
Jones said the measure wasn't needed since the Seminoles and other
The bill also gives local governments in Broward County that are
The House is expected to take up the bill on Monday and send it to the
Mary Ellen Klas can be reached at mek...@miamiherald.com
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