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AG Pam Bondi reacts to Seminole gaming compact proposal

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks to the press during a pre-legislative news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Florida.

Steve Cannon | AP Files

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks to the press during a pre-legislative news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi, whose office has authority over the enforcement of the state's gaming laws, said she hadn't yet read the proposed compact between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe and couldn't say whether the tribe is currently violating the law.

"I want to read the compact and see what the expansion is," Bondi told reporters Tuesday. "My goal is for Florida not to become Atlantic City; I've always said that. I don't want a casino on Longboat Key, where I grew up, and all of our beaches in the Panhandle. That's been my greatest concern, obviously. But I'd like to look at the compact and see how extensive it is."

As the tribe continues to operate black jack and other banked card games at its Hard Rock casinos and three other of its properties despite the fact that the provision authorizing those games expired in July, Bondi couldn't say if the operation of those games is illegal.

"I need to look at the compact and see what it says,'' she said. "We tried to download it this morning so I could look at it and couldn't, because obviously this happened late last night. I'm not dodging your question; I just haven't looked at it."

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 2:44pm]

    

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