Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced late this week that an agreement has been reached that will continue Seminole Tribe payments of more than $300 million a year in casino tax money to the state.
Gov. Scott, in a media announcement, says the tribe would continue making the payments, which are part of a 2010 gambling agreement, through the 2019 legislative session. In exchange, the tribe would continue to have exclusive rights to offer games such as blackjack at its casinos and would continue to be the state’s only slot-machine operator outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Gov. Scott leaves office in January after eight years in office.
Florida lawmakers are said to be continuing behind-the-scenes negotiations that could revamp the state’s gambling laws in the next legislative session. Additionally, a constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot that, if passed, would require local voter approval of any changes in Flroida gambling laws.