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Gambling deal leaves Seminole Tribe optimistic, awaiting details

Crist, Osceola, Shore As Florida lawmakers put the final touches on a gambling compact and parimutuel agreement, Seminole leader Max B. Osceola Jr. said he was awaiting the legislation - due out this morning - but was optimistic.

At 10:10 p.m. last night, Osceola released the following statement:

“We sincerely appreciate the tireless efforts by the governor and the  leaders of the Florida Legislature to agree on the terms of a bill. With this agreement, the governor can now finalize a compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

"We are awaiting a draft of the bill so we can review the details and  have a better understanding of the terms. We look forward to working  with the governor and legislators to hopefully make this compact a 
reality for Florida schools, Florida workers, the Seminole Tribe of  Florida and Florida’s future.”

Photo: From left, Gov. Charlie Crist, tribal leader Max Osceola, Seminole Tribe lawyer Jim Shore at the House/Senate conference committee Wednesday.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:59pm]

    

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