On the final day of the 2009 legislative session, Florida lawmakers passed a law to expand gambling in the state and offer a new gambling compact to the Seminole Tribe, overcoming a legislature which has "resist[ed] gambling expansion for decades." The bill was signed by Gov. Crist on June 15. Under the new agreement, the Seminole Tribe--which has been seeking state approval for Las Vegas-style slot machines for years--would gain the exclusive right to operate slot machines outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Fast Fact
- In 2009, Florida lawmakers passed gambling legislation offering a new deal to the Seminole Tribe. During the previous election, the Seminoles and related businesses gave $720,000, more than its combined giving during the past 10 years.