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Documents show Gov. wanted big deal with tribe

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Posted at 3:54 AM, Sep 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-28 23:56:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Newly released documents show Florida Gov. Rick Scott was willing to let the Seminole Indian tribe add roulette and craps at its South Florida casinos.

Those same documents also show Scott was willing to let the tribe build a casino on its Fort Pierce reservation. The compact would have also likely blocked the construction of any Las Vegas-styled casinos in Miami for the next seven years.

In exchange, the Republican governor would have gotten $2 billion for the state.

The deal was never finalized because top legislators opposed it. Scott wanted legislators to hold a special session in May to approve the new deal.  

A Scott spokesman maintains the documents are irrelevant now. All negotiations have been put on hold pending the November election, in which Scott is seeking a second term.