Florida Senate Files Amicus Brief in House v. Crist
Nov 30, 2007
The Florida Senate issued the following information in regard to its filing of an amicus brief with the Florida Supreme Court in House of Representatives v. Crist, the case relating to the recent compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe.
A copy of the 13-page brief is attached for your review.
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The Florida Senate files an Amicus Brief in House of Representatives v. Crist
Tallahassee, FL — Leaders in the Florida Senate announced today that an amicus brief has been filed with the Florida Supreme Court in House of Representatives v. Crist, the case relating to the recent compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe.
â€œGovernor Crist had the very best interest of the state in mind when he worked with the Seminole Tribe,â€ said Senate President Ken Pruitt. â€œI believe the Governor properly exercised his authority to negotiate a compact, however, in order for the compact to be valid it must be approved by the Legislature.â€
â€œThere are issues raised in our amicus brief that are significant and needed to be addressed,â€ said Republican Majority Leader Daniel Webster. â€œWe believe the Constitution and the law are clear as to which branch of government has the authority to bind the state to a contract, and we hope that the Court will agree with our assessment.â€
â€œLet me be clear, this case is not about gambling and it is not about the content of the compact, had I written the agreement myself, it still would need to come before the Legislature for approval,â€ said Democrat Minority Leader Steve Geller. â€œWe are taking action today to ensure the proper balance of power is maintained in the three branches of government.â€
â€œWe need the Court to resolve this matter quickly so that the important debate on the merits of the compact can take place,â€ said Regulated Industries Chair Dennis Jones.