Court Considers Compact

TAMPA -

The Florida Supreme Court will, at some point, decide who wins and who loses in a lawsuit over the Seminole Indian gaming compact. The justices heard oral arguments on the case Wednesday.

The dispute is over an agreement the governor signed with the Seminoles in November. It allows for Las Vegas-style slots and gives the tribe exclusive rights to games such as blackjack.

An attorney for state lawmakers argued that any agreement made by the governor must be approved by the Legislature. And, this compact was not.

The governor's attorney, Christopher Kise, argued that the governor was only following federal law.

Yet, Justice Raoul Cantero questioned if the gambling compact overreached the governor's authority when it granted the Seminoles exclusive rights to types of gambling that are otherwise illegal in Florida.

There's no timetable for the court's ruling. Earlier this week, some of Florida's Seminole casinos unveiled their new Vegas-style slot machines.

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