Seminole Tribe halts payments to Florida amid gaming deal legal challenge

Under 2021 gaming deal, state was set to get $500M in revenue sharing.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has stopped making hundreds of millions of dollars in quarterly payments to Florida as part of its revenue sharing agreement with the state, saying they’re halting payment over the unresolved 2021 gaming agreement.

That 2021 agreement, known as a compact, was approved by the Florida Legislature last year but was invalidated by a federal judge. It’s currently under appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As part of the compact, the Tribe shares revenue from gaming with the state.

While that legal process is playing out, a spokesperson for the Tribe says it won’t make revenue-sharing payments to Florida. Under the new compact, the Seminoles’ share to the state was set to jump to $500 million but dropped to $350 million after the lower court ruling.

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