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Attorneys argue for Gov. Crist's deal

4 December 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- As reported by the St. Petersburg Times: "Five attorneys for Gov. Charlie Crist told the state Supreme Court on Monday that the governor negotiated a casino gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe 'solely within the bounds of his authority' and it does not require legislative approval.

"Crist's legal team submitted written legal arguments in response to a lawsuit by House Speaker Marco Rubio, who opposes the casino gambling deal.

"Rubio, R-Miami, claims Crist exceeded his authority by unilaterally negotiating a deal last month that included table games not now legal in Florida. Crist says he had no choice: Either he negotiated a deal that was fair to the tribe and compensated taxpayers, or federal authorities would approve the new games anyway and the state would get nothing.

"The crux of the lawsuit, in which the Senate also opposes Crist, is whether a gambling agreement negotiated by a governor must be submitted to legislators for approval..."

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