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McCollum pours gas on gambling feud



Attorney General Bill McCollum is suing the U.S. government to prevent the completion of the Seminole gambling compact with Gov. Charlie Crist.

“Today I have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior asking for an injunction to be granted preventing the Secretary from publishing and making effective our state’s compact to expand Indian gaming until the Florida Supreme Court rules on its validity," McCollum said in announcing the suit. "The issue at stake here is not how the Florida Supreme Court should rule on the matter before it, but rather the right our state has to resolve this matter before an action is forced by the Federal government. The uncertainty of the compact’s validity will create profound concern should the compact be considered valid Federal law before it has been clarified appropriately by the Florida Supreme Court.”

House Speaker Marco Rubio is challenging Crist's authority to negotiate a deal without Legislative approval. Oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court are set for Jan. 30.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:12pm]


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