Seminole Tribe returns to Class III gaming compact negotiations

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The Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida have resumed talks for a new Class III gaming compact.

The tribe, key lawmakers and the top lawyer for Gov. Rick Scott (R) have met several times over the past three weeks, The News Service of Florida reported. The talks come after revenue sharing and exclusivity provisions of the compact expired on July 31.

“We are making progress in discussions with the tribe," Sen. Rob Bradley (R), the chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, told The News Service of Florida. "I’m hopeful that we can reach a point where we have something to offer to the membership to consider and debate."

The compact was signed in 2010. It requires the tribe to share revenues in exchange for regional exclusivity on Class III games, including table games.

In the last five years, the tribe has shared more than $1 billion with the state.

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Gambling Negotiations With Seminoles Back On Track (The News Service of Florida 8/23)

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