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McCollum: Casino table games draw crime



Attorney General Bill McCollum takes a dim view of any casino deal that would allow the Seminole Tribe to operate table games, such as blackjack and baccarat. As he awaited the details of a negotiated compact between Gov. Charlie Crist's office and the Seminole Tribe, McCollum told reporters the law is clear that the Indians have a right to Vegas-style slots -- but those other games, now illegal, are bad news.

Dscn1708 "If you went to full Las Vegas-style gaming where you have roulettes and blackjack and all of that, I think it could have a very negative impact on tourism, and the type of family tourist environment we have in our state," said McCollum, a former chairman of the U.S. House subcommittee on crime. "I think it will create more criminal behavior. It always does."

McCollum reiterated his interpretation of case law that the U.S. Interior Department has exceeded its legal authority by imposing Thursday's deadline for a state-Seminole Tribe compact. But he said his office would not file a lawsuit unless Interior granted more gambling to the tribe without a compact.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:27am]


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