Seminole Tribe still negotating gaming compact

It’s reported that the Seminole Tribe of Florida probably will not approve the terms of a Class III gaming compact proposed by state lawmakers, the tribe’s attorney said.

The tribe is concerned about the increased revenue-sharing rate the state is demanding in the new deal, attorney Barry Richard said. Also, the compact’s lack of a exclusivity for Class III games to the Tribes is an issue.

“I feel firmly that the tribe couldn’t live with it and the Department of Interior wouldn’t approve it,” Richard told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

When reviewing revenue-sharing, the Bureau of Indian Affairs typically determines whether the compact provides exclusivity. Non-Indian racetracks in south Florida already offer slot machines and could offer table games in the future but the new deal still requires the tribe to share revenues with the state.

Seminoles balk at Florida’s new casino legislation (The South Florida Sun-Sentinel 6/12)

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