Senate passes poker bill, compromises a little

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The Florida Senate passed its gambling package on Wednesday, and just after Senate President Jeff Atwater said he didn’t think a gambling compromise would be reached with the Florida House this session, the Senate made an offer to the House.

The <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2009/04/senate-backs-off-full-casinos-suggests-voter-referendum-for-black-jack.html#more">St. Petersburg Times</a> reports that the Senate is no longer insisting on craps and roulette at Seminole Tribe casinos, will accept limited gaming for the three smallest Seminole casinos and will raise the gambling age to 21. But the biggest concession appears to be no longer demanding blackjack at Broward and Miami-Dade county parimutuels and Class II gaming machines at all other parimutuels, and instead supporting local referendums on those offerings.

The Times says the House appears intrigued by the offer, though the Seminole Tribe may not be.