South Florida parimutuels are seeking a November special session of the Florida Legislature to separate Senate Bill 788’s poker and slot machine tax rate issues away from the requirement that they go into effect only with a ratified gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe, Josh Hafenbrack of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel <a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-gambling-session-092109,0,851040.story">writes</a>.
The article provided few other details, including how receptive the Legislature might be to this. But privately, talk over the past few months has intensified over why the poker changes weren’t put into a separate bill in the first place. While Gov. Crist and the Seminole Tribe made an Aug. 31 deadline for a new compact, no special session to approve it has been scheduled as negotiators work to find a compromise between the document and parimutuel interests.