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State Representative Evan Jenne called for negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to reinstate the annual payments of an estimated $350 million suspended by the tribe after a failure to reach an agreement about the future of gambling in the state. "That's just too much money to be left out there unaccounted for in our budget," said the legislator. 

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With three weeks left in the legislative session, House Speaker Jose Oliva is not rejecting the possibility of reaching a gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. 

Disney and The Seminole Tribe of Florida keep pouring money into a campaign to limit future casino gambling.

Gambling in Florida is a perennial issue for politicians and the public. It will be on this fall’s ballot for voters in two forms. One proposed constitutional amendment would ban greyhound racing. The other question is much larger: should voters have the exclusive right to expand gambling? If approved by at least 60 percent of voters, it would take that power away from state lawmakers.

New Committee Raises Money To Fight Gambling Measure

Aug 20, 2018

A political committee formed last month has raised $1.25 million to help fight a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in the state.

The committee, Citizens for the Truth About Amendment 3, Inc., filed paperwork with the state July 18 and raised the money from Aug. 1 through Aug. 7.

Contributions included $500,000 from Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, Inc., a Northeast Florida gambling operator, and $250,000 from Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, LLC of Miami Beach, according to campaign-finance reports.

Disney, Seminoles Sink $10 Million Into Gambling Fight

Aug 13, 2018

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida continue upping the ante as they try to pass a constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in the state. 

The Seminole Tribe of Florida plans to eliminate plastic straws at its six casinos in the state.

In a major escalation of their support, Disney Worldwide Services and the Seminole Tribe of Florida each plowed $5 million last month into a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in the state. 

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As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to the Seminole Tribe continuing to pay more than $300 million a year in casino money to the state.

Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida would be allowed to add craps and roulette at its casinos under a bill now moving in the Florida Senate.

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met with leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as lawmakers attempt to craft a gambling proposal, Galvano told The News Service of Florida.

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Authorities have released surveillance photos of a man who robbed a poker room cashier at a Tampa casino.

After past deals have collapsed amid infighting among Florida's gambling interests, the Republican-controlled Legislature is trying yet again to pass a comprehensive gambling bill.

Florida voters are going to have a say over the future of gambling in the Sunshine State.

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida is getting behind a push to put an anti-gambling amendment on next year's ballot.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have reached a settlement deal over the tribe’s ability to offer games like black jack in its casinos.

Federal Judge Won’t Reconsider Tribe Gambling Ruling

Dec 21, 2016
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A federal judge has flatly refused a request from Gov. Rick Scott's administration to reconsider a ruling that Florida violated a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.

Seminoles Keep Money Flowing Despite Gambling Talks

Dec 9, 2016

After meeting this week with Gov. Rick Scott's administration to try to reach a gambling agreement, the Seminole Tribe of Florida said Thursday it continues to make payments to the state that will total $306 million this year.

An attempt to create a new gambling agreement between the state and Seminole Indian Tribe failed last legislative session, but Florida’s legislative leaders say they’d like to see a compact pass this time around.

Senate President Wants Gambling Deal With Seminole Tribe

Nov 22, 2016
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Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Tuesday he hopes to reach a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pointing in part to potential revenues for the state.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle this month ruled in favor of the tribe in a legal battle with the state about offering blackjack and other "banked" card games at tribal casinos. Hinkle ruled that the tribe can continue to offer the games, despite the expiration last year of part of a gambling deal known as a "compact."

A federal judge says that the Seminole Tribe of Florida can keep blackjack tables at its casinos.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking an administrative law judge for more time to fight the state’s controversial new water quality standards.

Judge Holding Cards In Seminole Tribe Gambling Dispute

Oct 6, 2016
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A federal judge appeared convinced Wednesday that Florida gambling regulators' decision to allow controversial card games violated an agreement with the Seminole Tribe that gave tribal casinos exclusive rights to conduct "banked" games such as blackjack.

Seminole Tribe, State At Odds Over Card Games

Oct 4, 2016
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Lawyers for the state and the Seminole Tribe presented opening arguments Monday in a legal battle that could determine whether the tribe can continue to offer “banked” card games like blackjack at most of its Florida casinos.

Seminole Tribe Challenges Water Standards

Aug 10, 2016

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don't adequately take into account the amount of fish and other wildlife eaten by tribal members.

State, Seminoles Press Arguments In Gambling Dispute

Jun 7, 2016

Accusing the state of essentially reneging on a 2010 deal, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking a federal judge to declare that tribal casinos have permission to keep operating banked card games, including blackjack, for 15 more years.

State Legal Bills Mount In Seminole Gambling Dispute

May 2, 2016

Florida has paid more than $260,000 to private law firms in gambling lawsuits involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida, with the likelihood of hundreds of thousands of dollars more on the horizon.

Gambling Decisions In Judges' Hands After Lawmakers Fold

Mar 13, 2016

Whatever the label, a comprehensive gambling plan that would have authorized a $3 billion deal between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe proved too arduous a task for the Legislature to complete this session.

A proposed $3 billion deal negotiated between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would have expanded gambling across the state collapsed Friday after it was rejected by state legislators.

The deal died after the Florida House failed to consider a major gambling bill that would allowed the tribe to add craps and roulette at their existing casinos. The bill would have also allowed slot machines to be added at existing dog and horse tracks across the state.

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