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Fla. House passes Indian gambling proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The House has passed a bill seeking a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe, but the issue is far from over.

The bill passed Tuesday would take away card games -- like blackjack -- that the tribe is running under an agreement it signed with Gov. Charlie Crist. The Supreme Court said Crist wasn't authorized to sign that deal.

The bill (SB 788) now goes back to the Senate, which passed it last week with language that would give the tribe games like roulette and craps that go beyond the Crist deal.

It's unlikely the Senate will accept the House proposal. More questionable is whether the tribe would sign a compact that gives it the Las Vegas-style slot machines that South Florida tracks already have.


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