Gov. Rick Scott says he feels confident about a new casino agreement brokered with the Seminole Indian Tribe.
The agreement focuses on part of a 20-year gambling deal known as a “compact”. Under the compact, the Seminole Tribe guaranteed one billion dollars to the state, for exclusive rights to run certain card games for a five year period.
The Seminole Tribe sued the state of Florida in 2015 for a contract breach, after the state allowed certain card games at horse and dog tracks.
Florida lost the case in federal court, and Scott says the state will no longer pursue an appeal.
In return, Florida now has access to 200-million-dollars the Seminole Tribe agreed to pay in the original compact. The state is also agreeing to crackdown on those race track and jai alai arenas violating the new agreement.
The updated compact was submitted to a federal judge for approval.