Oral arguments are underway before the Florida Supreme Court in the case brought by House Speaker Marco Rubio against Gov. Charlie Crist and the state over the gambling compact the governor signed with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The arguments are clearly being drawn over whether Crist overstepped his authority by signing a compact without legislative approval:
Justice Charlie Wells to Rubio's counsel, Jon Mills: "We put the governor out there to negotiate with the Seminoles Indian Tribe, then we run into this time deadline. The Legislature, knowing this is going on, fails to act...Why isn't it the necessary business of the governor to step in when the Secretary of Interior has issued regulations?''
Justice Barbara Pariente to Crist's counsel, Chris Kise: "I think you have an uphill battle on this issue, whether banked card games are authorized" under federal law.
Pariente to the tribe's counsel, Barry Richard: Can the Legislature do anything to invalidate this?
Richard: "There is nothing the Legislature can do to undo what has been done, but they had 16 years...the Legislature has chosen not to speak.''
Cantero: "That seems to me to be a decision not to execute a compact...It's failure to act is irrelevant to me as to whether the Legislature or the governor has the power to execute a compact.''