Ted Murphy

The Senate took its turn talking gaming Wednesday. Lawmakers in the Senate Regulated industries committee passed a measure that would ratify a gambling agreement between Florida and the Seminole Indian tribe along with a larger gaming measure.

Deck of cards with Ace of Spades on top
Steven Depolo

The Seminole gaming compact took its next step forward Tuesday. A Florida House committee approved a measure to ratify the gambling agreement. 

Michal Parzuchowski

In an effort to promote a proposed gaming agreement between Florida and the Seminole Indian Tribe, Gov. Rick Scott and representatives from the tribe met Monday. The group discussed the benefits of the compact, which include more money and more jobs, as well as a chance to retain the jobs the Seminole casinos currently provide.

Deck of cards with Ace of Spades on top
Steven Depolo

Florida Governor Rick Scott has hammered out a gaming agreement with the Seminole Indian tribe. The deal includes new games for the tribe and more money for the state. 

Deck of cards with Ace of Spades on top
Steven Depolo

The group “No Casinos” is imploring the governor to stop any gambling expansion connected to efforts to renegotiate a gaming agreement between Florida and the Seminole tribe. The group sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott Wednesday.

Ian Murphy

The banked card game portion of the state’s gambling agreement with the Seminole Indian tribe has expired. And by the end of the month, the agreement stipulates the tribe is supposed to stop all card games like Black Jack. But it might not have to.

In happier times: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (l) and Sen. President Andy Gardiner (r).
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The 2015 Florida lawmaking session is getting down to its final weeks, and the stalemate between the Florida House and Senate continues.  It’s said music reflects the mood of the time and there are a lot of correlations between the legislative climate and the soundtracks of life.

Let the games continue!

Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming) is pushing for a year extension of an agreement between the Seminole Tribe of Florida  and Florida that gives the Tribe exclusive rights for some games.  

The Seminole Tribe  wants to renew an exclusive gambling contract with the state. The Florida Senate is preparing a plan to extend part of the agreement with the Tribe to allow games such as blackjack at six tribe-owned casinos for another year.

This Sunday, football won't be the only game being played.
John Wardell via Flickr

Across the country this weekend, eyes will be glued to the final football game of the season featuring the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.  And in Florida, Sunday’s Super Bowl is likely to feature beer, potluck tables covered in bizarre dips, and of course, a bit of not-quite-legal gambling.

Capital Report: 03-10-2014

Mar 10, 2014

Hundreds of people marched on the State Capitol this (Monday) morning to protest Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. As Sascha Cordner reports, they were led by the Reverend Al Sharpton and the parents of two slain teens.

A bill that would create a new statewide sex offender task force within the Florida Attorney General’s office got a green light from a House committee today.  But, as Ryan Benk reports, there are those who wonder if another statewide task force is the best way to go.