Seminole Tribe reports no progress on Class III gaming talks

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The Seminole Tribe hasn't made progress on a new Class III gaming compact in Florida, The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Lawmakers returned to work today amid rumors of an agreement. But attorney Barry Richard said nothing substantial has happened since the tribe sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott (R) on June 24, invoking dispute resolution procedures in the compact.

The tribe sent another letter last month, seeking mediation. But the state did not respond, according to yet another letter to the American Arbitration Association in which the tribe expressed its pick for a mediator.

Key provisions of a Class III gaming compact signed in 2010 expired on July 31. The tribe has continued to offer blackjack and says it will continue to share revenues with the state as a "gesture of good faith."

Since 2010, the tribe has shared more than $1 billion with the state in exchange for certain forms of exclusivity. The tribe claims the state has allowed non-Indian facilities to offer the same types of games.

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