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The Scalping of Charlie's Pact, Act I

Call it the beginning of a firestorm. A bill that could render Gov. Charlie Crists August 2009 compact with the Seminole Indian tribe null and void because it never was voted on or ratified by the Legislature moves to a Senate committee workshop early Wednesday morning. Sen. Dennis L. Jones, D.C., R-Seminole, chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee heads up the workshop on SB 622 at 8:30 in Senate Room 110.

Crists original agreement with the Seminoles would allow the tribe to offer banked games like blackjack at their casinos. In fact, the House is due to hold a similar workshop over the future of gambling. Look for a flashy visit from Las Vegas casino owners who want to make Florida a resort casino state.

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