Anti-casino group seeks to stop Florida deal with Seminole Tribe

No Casinos continues to fight the Florida compact.
No Casinos continues to fight the Florida compact.

The gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe is awaiting the signature of the Department of the Interior but resistance continues.

US.- The gaming compact between Florida state and the Seminole Tribe still faces opposition despite having already been approved by the legislative.

The compact, which will hand sports betting to the Seminole Tribe in Florida, is now awaiting final approval from the Department of the Interior (DoI), but a group is still trying to stop the deal.

“No Casinos”, a group founded by then-Governor Reuben Askew in 1977, has sent a letter to deputy assistant secretary Bryan Newland, requesting that he intervene to block the state’s gambling compact with the Seminole.

Newland is President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the DoI.

No Casinos argues that the compact violates Amendment 3, a measure approved by state voters in 2018 that gives them full authority over casino decisions in the state.

According to this legislation, “Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling in the State of Florida.”

The group said it is not trying to stop the state from reaching an agreement with the tribe, but wants to send a “very clear message” to state lawmakers that they have to approve an arrangement that is in line with the “will of Florida voters.”

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