Legislative panel will review Fla. gaming deal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(AP) - Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom is creating a new committee to review the state's gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Rep. Larry Cretul of Ocala, who is speaker pro-tempore, was named Tuesday to chair the committee.

Gov. Charlie Crist signed a 25-year deal with the tribe last year to expand gambling at its casinos, but it was overturned in July by the Florida Supreme Court.

In exchange for exclusive rights to new card games, the tribe would pay the state millions of dollars in each year of the agreement.

Sansom says he wants a written report back from the committee by the start of the legislative session in early March.

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