Seminole Tribe Continues Payments to Florida
Indian Country Today
The Seminole Tribe has continued to share its gaming revenue with the State of Florida, despite a federal judge ruling in November that the tribe isn’t required to make payments to the state through 2030, the end of the original compact.
Seminole Gaming representatives — CEO Jim Allen and tribal general counsel Jim Shore, among them — participated in government meetings in Tallahassee on Monday, including a sit-down with Gov. Rick Scott as part of the tribe’s ongoing efforts to ink a new compact with the state.
“As further evidence of its positive approach, the Tribe is continuing to make monthly payments to the state that will total $306 million this year,” Spokesman Gary Bitner told FloridaPolitics.com after the meetings.
The website asked if those payments could end, if a new compact is not signed. “As has been noted many times, it is the Tribe’s policy to not discuss the specific content of its compact negotiations with the state,” Bitner said.
The tribe has shared $1.7 billion with Florida since 2010.
In November, the U.S. Judge determined that because some Florida card rooms offer games that mimic blackjack and other table games exclusive to tribal casinos, the tribe is not obligated to continue making monthly revenue sharing payments to the state.