A month after the House Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review rejected the proposed gaming compact negotiated between Gov. Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, legislative leaders confirmed that they have resumed informal discussions with the tribe about a revised gaming compact.
Rep. Galvano, chairman of the select committee, told reporters on February 17, 2010 that he had talked about a revised compact with Jim Allen, the CEO of the tribe's gaming operations, and Seminole General Counsel Jim Shore, and that House staff had been in contact with the tribe's outside counsel, Barry Richard.
“Things are lining up to get everybody serious about getting it done in the spring,” Rep. Galvano told reporters. Factors favoring a settlement include the state budget situation, increased signs of interest from the National Indian Gaming Commission, and the general political situation, he said. Rep. Galvano noted that future legislative leaders Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne) and Rep. Dean Cannon (R-Orlando), presumptive Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink, and likely Republican candidate for governor Bill McCollum had no history of supporting gaming in Florida, meaning that the climate for a compact will become less favorable after the 2010 general election.
Speaker Cretul said that the House would not include Seminole gaming as a source of revenue in the 2010 – 2011 state budget, but that a compact was possible. “We're probably as close as anybody's ever come,” he said.