It is unlikely that the Florida Legislature will add any new discussion of extending a statewide gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida when lawmakers meets in a special session in August to deal with Congressional redistricting, a key Senate leader said Thursday.
“It is very unlikely that we would expand the call to involve anything else, especially the compact,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton said.
Galvano, who led the original gambling compact negotiations in 2010 when he was in the House, said he’s going to advocate that the redistricting issue is simply too important and deserves the Legislature’s undivided attention.
On Friday, the state’s 5-year agreement with the Seminole Tribe that allows them to run blackjack and other table games at five of its casinos expires. In return for allowing the games, the state gets $1 billion, under the compact.
Under terms of the expiring compact, the Tribe would have to discontinue the lucrative card games within 90 days unless the Legislature agrees to extend the compact. In the spring, the Legislature failed to pass a bill that would have extended the compact for an additional year.