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Cretul: Not quite impasse on compact, but 'not sure where we are'



Looks like there's an impasse in gambling talks between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida (more here). Just don't call it an "impasse" if you're talking to House Speaker Larry Cretul. The transcript:

Cretul: "I don’t know if there’s an impasse. I know there’s discussion going on back and forth. As a matter of fact I know that Chair (Bill) Galvano had a meeting with folks representing the governor’s office and the tribe. And I concur with Galavano’s remarks, and I think he’s done an excellent job in the discussions, I don’t necessarily think we’re in a negotiating mood."

"That was a piece of legislation that had hundreds of hours of work done on it and  testimony by everybody, all the concerned parties."

"Now there ‘s some stuff I would call ‘around the edges,’ which is not significant. But any substantive stuff -- I’m not sure that we’re ready to go there."

Q: Sounds like an impasse:

Cretul: I don’t know if it’s impasse. They might be negotiating, I’m not sure we are.

-- Mary Ellen Klas

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:54pm]


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