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Indian Gaming Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida House and Speaker Marco
Rubio are asking the state Supreme Court to block the governor's
deal with the Seminole Indians to expand gambling on tribal
property.

The representatives say in a lawsuit that they want the justices
to invalidate the agreement unless it is approved by the
Legislature. Governor Charlie Crist contends legislative approval
isn't required.

The governor signed the 25-year compact with the tribe last
week. It includes a minimum 100 million-dollar annual payment to
the state in exchange for adding Las Vegas-style slot machines and
card games such as blackjack at the tribe's seven casinos.

Rubio opposes the expansion of gambling, but says he has an
obligation to protect the House's constitutional role to make laws
and set policy.

The governor's lawyers are reviewing the lawsuit. Senate leaders
are considering their options and have not yet decided whether to
also challenge the pact.


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