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1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to gaming; amending s. 285.710, F.S.,
3 relating to compact authorization; providing
4 definitions; providing that specified agreements
5 executed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the
6 Governor are void and not in effect; ratifying and
7 approving a specified compact executed by the Tribe
8 and the Governor; directing the Governor to cooperate
9 with the Tribe in seeking approval of the compact from
10 the United States Secretary of the Interior; revising
11 powers and duties of the Governor regarding a compact
12 and amendments to a compact between the Tribe and the
13 state; revising a provision that specifies that the
14 compact is invalid if certain provisions are held
15 invalid by a court or the United States Department of
16 the Interior; revising a provision for the effect on
17 the compact of certain changes to the Indian Gaming
18 Regulatory Act; removing a provision directing the
19 Governor to ensure certain funds received are
20 deposited in a specified fund; removing a provision
21 for expiration of certain authority granted to the
22 Governor; removing a provision that expresses
23 legislative intent; revising duties of the Governor to
24 execute an agreement for application of certain state
25 taxes on Indian lands; providing for distribution of
26 certain moneys paid to the state; providing for the
27 calculation and distribution of a local government
28 share of such moneys; revising provisions for moneys
29 remitted by the Tribe to the state before the
30 effective date of the compact; providing for deposit
31 of the moneys into the General Revenue Fund; revising
32 provisions that authorize certain gaming activity;
33 repealing s. 285.711, F.S., relating to a gaming
34 compact between the Seminole Tribe and the State of
35 Florida; creating s. 285.712, F.S.; providing that the
36 Governor is the designated state officer responsible
37 for negotiating and executing, on behalf of the state,
38 tribal-state gaming compacts with certain Indian
39 tribes; requiring any such compact to be conditioned
40 on ratification by the Legislature; providing
41 procedures for ratification of a compact and
42 submission to the United States Secretary of the
43 Interior for review and approval; amending s. 26 of
44 chapter 2009-170, Laws of Florida, an act relating to
45 gaming; revising the effective date for provisions of
46 that act to remove contingency requirements applicable
47 to provisions relating to the pari-mutuel industry;
48 providing a date for those provisions to take effect;
49 providing an effective date.
51 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
53 Section 1. Section 285.710, Florida Statutes, is amended to
55 285.710 Compact authorization.—
56 (1) As
Terms used in this section, the term: have the same
57 meaning as provided in s. 285.711 .
58 (a) “Compact” means the Gaming Compact between the Seminole
59 Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida, executed on April 7,
61 (b) “Covered games” means the games authorized for the
62 Seminole Tribe of Florida under the compact.
63 (c) “Documents” means books, records, electronic, magnetic
64 and computer media documents, and other writings and materials,
65 copies thereof, and information contained therein.
66 (d) “Indian Gaming Regulatory Act” or “IGRA” means the
67 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, Pub. L. No. 100-497, Oct. 17,
68 1988, 102 Stat. 2467, codified at 25 U.S.C. ss. 2701 et seq.,
69 and 18 U.S.C. ss. 1166-1168.
70 (e) “State” means the State of Florida.
71 (f) “State compliance agency” means the Division of Pari
72 mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional
73 Regulation which is designated as the state agency having the
74 authority to carry out the state’s oversight responsibilities
75 under the compact.
76 (g) “Tribe” means the Seminole Tribe of Florida or any
77 affiliate thereof conducting activities pursuant to the compact
78 under the authority of the Seminole Tribe of Florida have the
79 same meaning as provided in s. 285.711.
80 (2)(a) The agreement executed by the Governor and the Tribe
81 on November 14, 2007, published in the Federal Register on
82 January 7, 2008, and subsequently invalidated by the Florida
83 Supreme Court in the case of Florida House of Representatives,
84 et al. v. The Honorable Charles J. Crist, No. SC07-2154, (2008),
85 is not ratified or approved by the Legislature, and is void, and
86 is not in effect.
87 (b) The agreement executed by the Governor and the Tribe on
88 August 28, 2009, and August 31, 2009, respectively, and
89 transmitted to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of
90 the House of Representatives, is not ratified or approved by the
91 Legislature, is void, and is not in effect.
92 (3) The Gaming Compact between the Seminole Tribe of
93 Florida and the State of Florida, executed by the Governor and
94 the Tribe on April 7, 2010, is ratified and approved. The
95 Governor shall cooperate with the Tribe in seeking approval of
96 the compact from the United States Secretary of the Interior.
97 (3) Subject to the limitations in s. 285.711 , the Governor
98 is hereby authorized and directed to negotiate and execute a
99 compact on behalf of the state with the Tribe pursuant to the
100 federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, 18 U.S.C. ss.
101 1166-1168, and 25 U.S.C. ss. 2701 et seq., and this act for the
102 purpose of authorizing Class III gaming on Seminole lands within
103 this state. Any such compact shall not be deemed entered into by
104 the state unless and until it is ratified by the Legislature.
105 (4) The Governor is authorized to bind the state to any
106 amendment to the compact that is consistent with the terms and
107 standards in this section and s. 285.711 , provided that any
108 amendment to provisions relating to covered games, the amount of
109 revenue sharing payments, suspension or reduction of payments,
110 or exclusivity shall require ratification by the Legislature.
111 ( 5)(a) The Governor shall provide a copy of the compact to
112 the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
113 Representatives as soon as it is executed. The compact shall not
114 be submitted to the Department of the Interior by or on behalf
115 of the state or the Tribe until it has been ratified by the
117 (b) The Governor shall provide a copy of any amendment to
118 the compact to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of
119 the House of Representatives as soon as it is executed and
120 before or simultaneous with its submission to the Department of
121 the Interior, provided that any amendment requiring ratification
122 by the Legislature shall not be submitted to the Department of
123 the Interior for approval until such ratification has occurred.
124 (4) (6) The Governor shall preserve all documents, if any,
125 which relate to the intent or interpretation of the compact , and
126 maintain such documents for at least the term of the compact.
127 (5) (7) If any provision of the compact relating to covered
128 games, revenue-sharing payments, suspension or reduction in
129 payments, or exclusivity is held by a court of competent
130 jurisdiction or by the Department of the Interior to be invalid,
131 the compact is void.
132 (6) (8) If In the event that a subsequent change to the
133 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, or to an implementing regulation
134 thereof, mandates the retroactive application of such change
135 without the respective consent of the state or Tribe, the
136 compact is void if the change it materially alters any provision
137 the terms and standards in the compact relating to the covered
138 games, revenue-sharing payments, suspension or reduction of
139 payments, or exclusivity.
140 ( 9) The Governor shall ensure that all revenue sharing
141 received pursuant to the compact and agreement executed by the
142 Governor and the Tribe on November 14, 2007, is deposited into
143 the Education Enhancement Trust Fund provided that, if necessary
144 to comply with any covenant established pursuant to s.
145 1013.68 (4), s. 1013.70 (1), or s. 1013.737 (3), funds transferred
146 to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund shall be first
147 available to pay debt service on lottery bonds issued to fund
148 school construction in the event lottery revenues are
149 insufficient for such purpose or to satisfy debt service reserve
150 requirements established in connection with lottery bonds.
151 (10) Except for the authority granted to the Governor in
152 subsections (4) and (13), the authority granted to the Governor
153 by this section and s. 285.711 expires at 11:59 p.m. on August
154 31, 2009.
155 ( 11) It is the intent of the Legislature to review a
156 compact entered into under the provisions of this section within
157 5 years after the compact is approved. It is the intent of the
158 Legislature to consider the authorization of additional Class
159 III games for operation by the Tribe based upon successful
160 implementation of the compact and the history of compliance with
161 the compact.
162 (7) (12) The Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the
163 Department of Business and Professional Regulation is designated
164 as the state compliance agency having the authority to carry out
165 the state’s oversight responsibilities under the a compact
166 authorized by this section act.
167 (8) (13)(a) The Governor is authorized and directed to
168 execute an agreement on behalf of the state of Florida with the
169 Indian tribes in this state, acting on a government-to
170 government basis, to develop and implement a fair and workable
171 arrangement to apply state taxes on persons and transactions on
172 Indian lands. Such agreements shall address the imposition of
173 specific taxes, including sales taxes and exemptions from those
175 (b) The agreement shall address the Tribe’s collection and
176 remittance of sales taxes imposed by chapter 212 to the
177 Department of Revenue. The sales taxes collected and remitted by
178 the Tribe shall be based on all sales to non-tribal members,
179 except those non-tribal members who hold valid exemption
180 certificates issued by the Department of Revenue, exempting the
181 sales from taxes imposed by chapter 212.
182 (c) The agreement shall require the Tribe to register with
183 the Department of Revenue and remit to the Department of Revenue
184 the taxes collected.
185 (d) The agreement shall require the Tribe to retain for at
186 least a period of 5 years records of all sales to non-tribal
187 members which are subject to taxation under chapter 212. The
188 agreement shall permit the Department of Revenue to conduct an
189 audit not more often than annually in order to verify such
190 collections. The agreement shall require the Tribe to provide
191 reasonable access during normal operating hours to records of
192 transactions subject to the taxes collected.
193 (e) The agreement shall provide a procedure for the
194 resolution of any disputes about the amounts collected pursuant
195 to the agreement. For purposes of the agreement for the
196 collection and remittance of sales taxes, the agreement must
197 provide that the Tribe agrees to waive its immunity, except that
198 the state may seek monetary damages limited to the amount of
199 taxes owed.
200 (f) An agreement executed by the Governor pursuant to the
201 authority granted in this section shall not take effect unless
202 ratified by the Legislature.
203 (9) The moneys paid by the Tribe to the state for the
204 benefit of exclusivity under the compact ratified by this
205 section shall be deposited into the General Revenue Fund, except
206 that 3 percent of the amount paid by the Tribe to the state
207 shall be designated as the local government share and shall be
208 distributed as provided in subsection (10).
209 (10) The calculations necessary to determine the local
210 government share distributions shall be made by the state
211 compliance agency. The local government share shall be
212 distributed as follows:
213 (a) Glades County shall receive 100 percent of the local
214 government share derived from the Seminole Indian Casino
216 (b) Broward County shall receive 7.5 percent, the City of
217 Coconut Creek shall receive 65 percent, the City of Coral
218 Springs shall receive 15 percent, the City of Margate shall
219 receive 10 percent, and the City of Parkland shall receive 2.5
220 percent of the local government share derived from the Seminole
221 Indian Casino–Coconut Creek.
222 (c) Broward County shall receive 15 percent, the City of
223 Hollywood shall receive 65 percent, the Town of Davie shall
224 receive 10 percent, and the City of Dania Beach shall receive 10
225 percent of the local government share derived from the Seminole
226 Indian Casino–Hollywood.
227 (d) Collier County shall receive 100 percent of the local
228 government share derived from the Seminole Indian Casino
230 (e) Hendry County shall receive 100 percent of the local
231 government share derived from the Seminole Indian Casino–Big
233 (f) Broward County shall receive 15 percent, the City of
234 Hollywood shall receive 65 percent, the Town of Davie shall
235 receive 10 percent, and the City of Dania Beach shall receive 10
236 percent of the local government share derived from the Seminole
237 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino–Hollywood.
238 (g) Hillsborough County shall receive 100 percent of the
239 local government share derived from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
240 & Casino–Tampa.
241 (11) (14) Any moneys remitted by the Tribe before the
242 effective date of the a compact shall be deposited into the
243 General Revenue Fund and are entered into by the state and the
244 Tribe pursuant to this act shall be deemed forfeited by the
245 Tribe and released to the state without further obligation or
246 encumbrance. The Legislature further finds that acceptance and
247 appropriation of such funds does not legitimize, validate, or
248 otherwise ratify any previously proposed compact or the
249 operation of class III games by the Tribe for any period prior
250 to the effective date of the a valid compact pursuant to this
252 (12) (15) For the purpose of satisfying the requirement in
253 25 U.S.C. s. 2710(d)(1)(B) that the gaming activities authorized
254 under an Indian gaming compact must be permitted in the state
255 for any purpose by any person, organization, or entity, the
256 following class III games or other games specified in this
257 section are hereby authorized to be conducted by the Tribe
258 pursuant to the a compact that is substantially in the form
259 provided in s. 285.711:
260 (a) Slot machines, as defined in s. 551.102(8).
261 (b) Games of poker without betting limits if such games are
262 authorized in this state to any person for any purpose.
263 (b) (c) Banking or banked card games, including baccarat,
264 chemin de fer, and blackjack or 21 at the tribal facilities in
265 Broward County, Collier County, and Hillsborough County.
266 (c) Raffles and drawings.
267 (13) (16) Notwithstanding any other provision of state law,
268 it is not a crime for a person to participate in the games
269 specified in subsection (12) (15) at a tribal facility operating
270 under the a compact entered into pursuant to this section act.
271 Section 2. Section 285.711, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
272 Section 3. Section 285.712, Florida Statutes, is created to
274 285.712 Tribal-state gaming compacts.—
275 (1) The Governor is the designated state officer
276 responsible for negotiating and executing, on behalf of the
277 state, tribal-state gaming compacts with federally recognized
278 Indian tribes located within the state pursuant to the federal
279 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, 18 U.S.C. ss. 1166-1168
280 and 25 U.S.C. ss. 2701 et seq., for the purpose of authorizing
281 class III gaming, as defined in that act, on Indian lands within
282 the state.
283 (2) Any tribal-state compact relating to gaming activities
284 which is entered into by an Indian tribe in this state and the
285 Governor pursuant to subsection (1) must be conditioned upon
286 ratification by the Legislature.
287 (3) Following completion of negotiations and execution of a
288 compact, the Governor shall submit a copy of the executed
289 tribal-state compact to the President of the Senate and the
290 Speaker of the House of Representatives as soon as it is
291 executed. To be effective, the compact must be ratified by both
292 houses of the Legislature by a majority vote of the members
293 present. The Governor shall file the executed compact with the
294 Secretary of State pursuant to s. 15.01.
295 (4) Upon receipt of an act ratifying a tribal-state
296 compact, the Secretary of State shall forward a copy of the
297 executed compact and the ratifying act to the United States
298 Secretary of the Interior for his or her review and approval, in
299 accordance with 25 U.S.C. s. 2710(8)(d).
300 Section 4. Section 26 of chapter 2009-170, Laws of Florida,
301 is amended to read:
302 Section 26. Sections 1 through 3 of this act and this
303 section shall take effect upon becoming law. Sections 4 through
304 25 shall take effect only if the Governor and an authorized
305 representative of the Seminole Tribe of Florida execute an
306 Indian Gaming Compact pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory
307 Act of 1988 and requirements of this act, only if the compact is
308 ratified by the Legislature, and only if the compact is approved
309 or deemed approved, and not voided pursuant to the terms of this
310 act, by the Department of the Interior, and such sections take
311 effect on the date that the approved compact is published in the
312 Federal Register.
313 Section 5. Sections 4 through 25 of chapter 2009-170, Laws
314 of Florida, shall take effect July 1, 2010.
315 Section 6. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.