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Governor Charlie Crist and the Seminole Indians moved one step closer to having expanded gambling in the state’s casinos on Wednesday. The United States Department of the Interior approved the compact.
The Federal approval was a much needed step to move forward in the execution of the compact. Once it is published in the Federal Register, the Seminoles may move forward with offering the expanded table games.
Even though the compact has been approved Federally, there still is a legal battle ahead for the Seminoles and Crist. While Attorney General Bill McCullum announced the Interior’s approval, he is still causing controversy over the compact.
McCullum is requesting that a Federal judge move up the date for a hearing on a lawsuit he filed last month. He is hoping eventually that the Florida Supreme Court blocks the compact from being executed.
opponents of the compact have argued that the state did not receive enough money in the deal. Others believe that Crist went above his authority in signing the compact.
At worse case scenario right now, the Seminoles will be allowed to replace their current slot machines with Vegas style machines.
Ohio Developer Hopes State Voters Will Finally Legalize Casino Gambling
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The state of Ohio has plenty to be proud of with the recent success of the Browns, Indians, and Buckeyes, but they may have their biggest success to date if casino gambling comes to the state.
Three times in the past twenty years voters have gone to the polls and voted on the topic of casino gambling. Three times in twenty years voters agreed not to allow the ever growing industry into their state.
Now, MyOhioNow.com has launched a campaign to secure the proper number of signatures needed to put casino gambling to a vote once again. 402,000 signatures is the target number. It must be reached in at least forty four of the state’s eighty eight counties.
The development group that is leading the charge believes this time might be different. They feel that with the expansion of casino gambling being widespread throughout the nation, that the time may have come for voters to allow it in Ohio.
The site of the proposed casino resort would be between Harveysburg and Wilmington. The exact location would be at Interstate 71 and Route 73.