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Rep. Bill Galvano Reaffirms Position Regarding the Seminole Gaming Compact

News that the Seminole Tribe of Florida is not happy with the conditions of the gaming compact set by the Florida legislature is not producing much sympathy from State Representative Bill Galvano (Republican-Bradenton).

Galvano told the Bradenton Kiwanis Club on July 22nd, 2009 that if the Seminole tribe wants to change the gaming law that Galvano helped made in May 2009, the state should refuse and tell the Seminole tribe to talk with the federal government instead, potentially risking the Seminoles losing banked card games like baccarat. That option could be harmful for the state of Florida though.

The state legislature is counting on the $150 million a year in gaming revenue for education funding based on the agreement. Galvano informed the fifty people at the Kiwanis Club that the agreement that was approved, which permits banked card games at the Seminole casino facility in Tampa, was a good one that permits Governor Charlie Crist to make a fair agreement with the tribe.

The Seminole tribe has publicly questioned the proposed yearly payments to the state of Florida that are part of the agreement. Under the proposed gaming deal, the tribe would pay $150 million to Florida each year. The tribe also wants the exclusive rights to offer banked card games and Las Vegas-style slot machines to prevent pari-mutuel establishments in the state from competing with them.

In 2007, Gov. Crist first reached an agreement with the Seminole tribe to allow card games and slot machines in return for $100 million annually to the state. The Florida state Supreme Court threw out the agreement saying that Gov. Crist should have consulted the state legislature before making a final decision.


06 September 2009
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Lauren Desmond

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