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S. Court ditches Crist's Seminole gaming deal

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The Florida Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Charlie Crist's casino gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe, ruling he lacked authority to unilaterally forge a deal.

The decision Thursday throws into doubt hundreds of millions in revenue for the state. But for the time being, the gambling will continue at seven casinos, including Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in Tampa.

The unanimous ruling is a major defeat for Crist, who did not comment. He pushed ahead with negotiations last fall even as critics warned he needed legislative approval to grant the Seminoles the right to offer card games that are otherwise illegal in Florida.

"The governor has no authority to change or amend state law. Such power falls exclusively to the Legislature," the court ruled. (story here)

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

    

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