Florida Gambling Bills Are Pending and Violate Federal Laws

The Seminole tribe of Florida has made clear objections to two pending gambling bills in the state, saying they fear that the SB 8 and PCB TGC 17-01 are in possible violation of United States federal law. SB 8 was approved by a Florida Senate committee last week, while a House subcommittee gave the green light for TGC 17-01. But while both pending bills incorporate a new gaming compact signed between the tribe and Governor Rick Scott in 2015, Seminoles says that a letter sent to them last year from the Federal Office of the Interior states, among other things, that proposals made for them in the game compact are more than likely. violating parts of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), not allow them to return either.

The 112-page long SB 8 was approved last week, and includes everything from Daily Fantasy Sports to gas station lottery sales in Florida. In addition to agreeing a $ 3,000,000 hit compact between Seminoles and Governor Scott, SB 8 also reduced the slot tax from 35% to 25%. Slots and card rooms will be able to operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week, while also introducing “point of sale” lottery terminals.

PCB TGC 17-01, on the other hand, basically froze the entire country gambling market in its current form.

The House proposal ran counter to Senate plans, which would allow slot games in eight counties that had been approved by voters, and would allow “designated player” games.

What the bills have in common, however, is that they both agreed on a compact signed between the tribe and the governor, whereby the tribe retains the exclusive right to offer blackjack and other house turning games at their six Seminole Florida casinos. In exchange, the tribe will pay the Florida administration a total of $ 3 billion over 7 years.

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After the approval of both bills by the House and Senate, the tribe continued its traditional stand-off against the new gambling law, writing a letter to lawmakers this week explaining why they could not support PCB TGC 1701 or SB 8. Seminole Indigenous Council Chair Marcelius Osceola explained in a letter supporting the bill would not be an economical move for the tribe. According to the tribe, they
a letter from the Federal Office of the Interior, six months after signing the compact with Governor Scott, stating that the proposal made for the tribe violated federal law. Under this law, the state does not charge tribal fees more than what the state would charge for regulating gaming activities unless ‘meaningful concessions’ are offered to tribes.

The tribe also said it was willing to meet with legislators to try and reach a compromise.