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Gov agrees to deadlines for gambling compact

After waiting for more than a week, Gov. Charlie Crist's office has responded to the Seminole Indian tribe with a new draft of the gambling compact they have been negotiating. According to the sixth draft of the compact, released Friday by the governor's office, Crist has agreed that the compact must be signed by him and the tribe by Sept. 30.

He also agrees with the tribe's language that he is allowed to bring the matter before the legislature "for ratification only.'' But if lawmakers reject or amend it, the compact becomes void "unless otherwise agreed to by the parties in writing.''

The draft still does not spell out a payments schedule and continues to include the controversial card games that legislators, particularly those in the House, say would provoke them to reject the proposal as an expansion of gambling.

Among the other changes:

* In the event Miami-Dade and Broward parimutuels get other Class III games and the tribe's net win drops, the tribe is no longer obligated to make payments to the state. The threshold amount of the net win went from $1.4 billion to $1.35 billion in this draft.

* The term of the agreement is lowered from 25 to 20 years.

See the compact draft here: Download compact.tif

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