House Speaker asks federal government to intervene on compact

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Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul has asked the National Indian Gaming Commission to render an opinion on the validity of the 2007 compact that Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe agreed to, according to the <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2009/10/house-declares-impasse-in-gambling-pact-asks-for-feds-help.html">St. Petersburg Tiimes</a>.

Cretul met with George Skibine, acting chairman of the NIGC, on Tuesday. Skibine was in Florida to attend the annual Florida Gaming Summit in Hollywood. Cretul’s letter to Skibine says the tribe is illegally conducting banked card games at three facilities and asks that the NIGC shut down the games or fine the tribe accordingly. Cretul says without this pressure from the federal government, the state is at a disadvantage in any compact negotiations.