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State, Seminole Tribe nearing blackjack deal

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The state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are inching closer to a deal that would allow the Tribe to keep blackjack at its casinos. State Sen. Rob Bradley, head of the Senate panel that oversees gambling in Florida, says the dialogue is “heating up.” “We’ve made some great progress in our discussions on coming to some outline of an agreement,” said Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who chairs the Regulated Industries committee. A Tribe spokesman didn’t respond to a…

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Rob Bradley calls for one-year extension of Seminole Compact

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State Sen. Rob Bradley wants to extend the gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Fleming Island Republican, who chairs the influential Senate Committee on Regulated Industries, filed notice Friday that his committee will consider a one-year extension of the current Seminole Compact. Authorization for the Tribe to offer banked card games expires on July 31, if the Legislature fails to act. If not renewed, the Tribe could lose exclusive rights to operate blackjack and other card games…

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Seminole Tribe polls says Floridians want to renew Seminole Compact

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When it comes to gambling, Floridians like things the way they are. A new poll, sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida finds a majority of respondents support the existing gambling compact and oppose any further gaming expansion statewide. More than 60 percent said they favor renewing the Seminole Compact, which the Tribe insists brings stability in gaming throughout the state. The poll comes as Florida lawmakers consider the future of gaming in Florida, including renewal of the agreement giving the…

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2015 Legislative Session preview: gambling legislation on the move in the Florida Legislature

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Despite Senate President Andy Gardiner’s publicly expressed disinterest in seeing the Florida Legislature renew the Seminole Gaming Compact, there is behind-the-scenes progress being made by lawmakers and lobbyists determined to expand gambling in Florida. House Majority Leader Dana Young, who has been tasked by Speaker Steve Crisafulli to be the House’s point person on gambling issues, says that she is actively conferring with other lawmakers and stakeholders. “This is beyond three dimensional chess,” Young said on Monday. “This is three dimensional chess played on several…

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