Florida Senate - 2008 (Reformatted) SB 980
By Senator Geller
A bill to be entitled
An act relating to Indian gaming activities; designating
the Governor as the official to negotiate tribal-state
compacts; providing for ratification of tribal-state
compacts by the Legislature; providing for submission of
the tribal-state compact to the Legislature and Secretary
of State; providing for submission of the tribal-state
compact to the Secretary of the Interior; providing an
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. (1) The Governor is the designated state
officer responsible for negotiating and executing, on behalf of
the state, tribal-state gaming compacts with federally recognized
Indian tribes located within the State of Florida pursuant to the
federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, 18 U.S.C. ss. 1166-
1168, and 25 U.S.C. s. 2701 et seq., for the purpose of
authorizing class III gaming, as defined in that act, on Indian
lands within this state.
(2) Any tribal-state compact relating to gaming activities
which is entered into by an Indian tribe in this state and the
Governor pursuant to subsection (1) must be conditioned upon
ratification by the Legislature.
(3) Following completion of negotiations, the Governor
shall submit a copy of any executed tribal-state compact for
ratification by a majority vote by both houses of the Legislature
and shall submit a copy of the executed tribal-state compact to
the Secretary of State pending receipt of an act ratifying the
tribal-state compact under the provisions of this section.
(4) Upon receipt of an act ratifying the tribal-state
compact, the Secretary of State shall forward a copy of the
executed tribal-state compact and the ratifying act to the United
States Secretary of the Interior for his or her review and
approval, in accordance with 25 U.S.C. s. 2710(8)(d).
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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