Trump judge overturns Ron Dientis’ expansion into gambling

Trump-appointed US District Judge Dabney Friedrich has canceled the gambling expansion agreement that Governor Ron DeSantis established with the Seminole tribe earlier this week over gaming monopoly concerns.

Although the judge hit Below the agreement, the ruling is being appealed by the Seminole tribe. The tribe has also not shut down the statewide gambling app, the matter is under consideration.

The expansion of gambling has been ruled in violation of the Federal Indian Gaming Regulation Act (IGRA) because gambling may only take place on tribal lands. The expansion of gambling has allowed individuals to place bets located anywhere in the state on an app.

The state of Florida argued that the expansion was legal because the application’s servers were on tribal lands. But the judge rejected the argument, calling it a “fantasy.”

“Where a federal law authorizes activity in specific locations only, parties may not evade this restriction by ‘considering’ their activity to occur where it does not, as a matter of fact,” the judge wrote.

“Accordingly, since the charter allows beneficiaries to bet across Florida, including locations that are not Indian territory, the charter violates the IGRA’s ‘Indian Territory’ requirements,” Friedrich added.

The ruling does not prevent the state from entering into another agreement with the tribe.

In her opinion, Friedrich wrote: “The state and the tribe may agree to a new agreement, with the approval of the Secretary of State, to allow online games to be played on Indian soil only.” “Alternatively, Florida citizens may authorize such bets across their state through Citizens Initiative.”

In 2018, Florida residents Been voted To amend the Florida Constitution, which states that “electors must consent to any future expansion of casino gaming.” The amendment was supported by the Seminole Tribe and Disney.

“The Republican-controlled legislature and DeSantis override this amendment by insisting that the new agreement was legal because the actual processing of the bets occurred in tribal lands even though someone could use a mobile app anywhere in the state,” Politico mentioned.

Defenders of the agreement believe the bet enforcement will continue to operate while awaiting appeal.

Nova Southeastern University law professor Bob Jarvis told The Sun that the tribe would likely request to remain under Friedrich’s rule, which would allow the tribe to continue serving games across the state. “One of the things they will ask is that Judge Friedrich’s decision be suspended while the appeal is going forward,” Jarvis said. “I have no doubt that this request will be fulfilled.”

However, opponents of the agreement point out that the continued operation of the application is not legally sound.

Game industry analyst Daniel Wallach, game industry analyst, Daniel Wallach, told The Sun.

Continuing the application’s functionality before completion of residency should raise questions about the payments to the tribes that Florida would have received from the agreement,” a 30-year agreement that was supposed to pay Florida $2.5 billion in the first five years and $6 billion by 2030″ sun guard mentioned.

In October, the tribe made its first payment of $37 million.

the case West Flagler Associates vs. Haaland, 21-cv-2192 in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

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