Feds say compact deadline is Jan. 4
When Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminoles signed the gambling compact, they transmitted it immediately to the Department of Interior for approval. If the clock had started then, the 45-day deadline for the feds to approve it would be Dec. 29. But, in typical bureaucratic fashion, the department didn't register it as received until Nov. 19. That pushed the deadline for them to approve, reject or let it be enacted without action until Jan. 4. Attorney General Bill McCollum said he's been told they will let it run its course for approval.
Meanwhile, McCollum's office has not officially served the department with his lawsuit, asking a federal judge to force DOI to halt its approval of the compact until the lawsuit challenging Crist's authority to sign it unilaterally is resolved. So there's been no federal response on that.