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Seminole Tribe chairman Billie ousted from office



From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

James E. Billie, who has served as chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2011, has been removed from office by a vote of the Tribal Council. A news release announcing the decision Wednesday by the council offered little explanation, saying that a recall petition "cited various issues with policies and procedures of the chairman's office." It said the council voted 4-0, with Billie ineligible to vote, to act on a recall petition filed by tribal members. A special election will be held to elect a new chairman. More than 100 tribal members attended the council meeting, the news release said. Billie was elected chairman in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. The tribe is a major player in Florida's gambling industry and is locked in a legal battle with the state related to a gambling agreement known as a "compact."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:35pm]


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