Senate Prez tells guv no dice on gambling compactby Dara Kam | September 10th, 2009
Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, sent Crist a list of questions about the compact – the second deal Crist inked with the tribe – today seeking “clarification.”
Atwater gave Crist until Oct. 9 to respond.
In an interview, Atwater also said he’d like the final compact to include provisions allowing the Palm Beach Kennel Club and other parimutuels around the state to add video slot machines or otherwise expand gambling if voters give the OK in local referenda. Such a measure was approved by legislators in the spring, but was not part of the recent compact Crist agreed to with the Seminoles.Crist has said he wants lawmakers to meet in a special session in early October to approve the compact and to also consider offshore drilling.
No dice on that, either, Atwater said in a memo sent to the Senate and the media.
“As you all are aware, this issue involves a series of complex conversations with a variety of interests and impacts throughout our State. There are policy decisions to be considered that are not well served by undue haste. If, or when, the Senate takes up this issue it will be in a manner that allows for sufficient time to debate the facts and the merits of such policy,” Atwater wrote.