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Senate joins with Rubio against Crist. Sort of.

The Florida Senate has asked the Florida Supreme Court to let it appear as a "friend of the court" and file an amicus brief in favor of House Speaker Marco Rubio's lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Crist over whether Crist has exceeded his authority in negotiating a compact with the Seminole Tribe.

What this means is that the Senate agrees that Rubio was right to ask the court to decide the issue. But the Senate isn't going to the lengths of actually intervening in the case. And the Senate isn't as confrontational as the House in its legal filing.

The brief filed by the Senate on Friday morning said the Senate is "in doubt" as to whether Crist can approve the compact without legislative approval and that it raises "fundamental questions" about the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches. But the brief does not have the sharp tone of the House lawsuit, suggesting instead that the lawsuit is appropriate because the court needs to decide whether or not the compact should be ratified by the Legislature. Read it here:Download amicus_brief_florida_senate.pdf