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."