Governor Crist and Seminole Tribe Ask Florida Supreme Court to Reconsider Gaming Compact

Governor Crist and Seminole Tribe Ask Florida Supreme Court to Reconsider Gaming Compact

7/23/2008
By: H. Scott Althouse On July 17, 2008, the Seminole Tribe and Florida Governor Charlie Crist filed separately for a rehearing with the Florida Supreme Court, which on July 3 ruled unanimously that Governor Crist overstepped his authority in executing a Tribal-State Gaming Compact without the prior approval from or ratification by the Florida Legislature. The Supreme Court's ruling that invalidated the Compact jeopardizes the Tribe's operation of its blackjack and baccarat games offered at the Tribe's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino near Hollywood, FL since June 22, 2008. In the Tribe's request for a rehearing, it argues that the Florida Supreme Court rendered a flawed interpretation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act ("IGRA"), 25 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq., and seeks to have the Supreme Court reverse itself or modify its conclusion that the Governor lacked authority to authorize blackjack and baccarat without legislative approval. Meanwhile, the Tribe continues to offer the card games until the Supreme Court order is final and the request for a rehearing is resolved. The Supreme Court is currently in the second week of its month long summer recess and a new Legislature convenes after the November elections.
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