Florida lawmakers unveil plan for special session on $2.5B gambling deal with Seminole Tribe

Florida lawmakers unveil plan for special session on $2.5B gambling deal with Seminole Tribe

Article brief provided by News Service of Florida
  • Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida
May 6, 2021 10:40 AM
  • Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida

    House and Senate leaders Wednesday set the stage for a special legislative session to consider a gambling deal that Gov. Ron DeSantis worked out with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

    House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, issued a formal joint proclamation to bring lawmakers back to Tallahassee during the week of May 17. The 30-year gambling “compact,” announced April 23, includes allowing sports betting in the state.

    “As you are aware, on April 23, 2021, Gov. DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida executed a historic new 30-year gaming compact that restores the state’s relationship with the tribe, preserves and offers new opportunities for Florida’s legacy pari-mutuel industry and provides substantial new revenues for the state of Florida,” Simpson said in a memo to senators Wednesday.