Seminole Tribe heads into mediation for Class III gaming compact

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The Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida headed into mediation over the Class III gaming compact.

The state hasn't formally responded to the tribe's official request, The News Service of Florida reported. But both parties have agreed to move forward with attorney Loretta Gastwirth as the mediator even as they have met to discuss a new deal.

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

Key provisions of the deal expired on July 31. The tribe, however, has continued to offer blackjack pending resolution of the matter.

The tribe will also continue to make revenue sharing payments to the state. Since 2010, more than $1 billion has been shared.

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Florida, Seminole Tribe headed to mediation over casino agreement (The News Service of Florida 8/26)

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