Mills Argues Crist Violated Florida Constitution When He Agreed With Seminole Tribe to Expand Gambling
UF Law Professor Jon Mills, director of UF’s Center for Governmental Responsibility, was quoted in stories in newspapers across the state when the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a Seminole Indian gaming case. After Governor Charlie Crist signed an agreement with the tribe in November that allows for Vegas-style slots and games such as blackjack and baccarat at its seven Florida casinos, Mills, acting as an attorney for the Florida House, said Crist violated the Florida Constitution when he agreed with the tribe to expand gambling in the state. Mills also argued that any agreement made by the governor should be approved by the Legislature. But attorneys for the governor and the tribe argue that Crist was only acting on existing state and federal law and was under a federal order to negotiate with the tribe. “This compact, as it stands before you, is unconstitutional,” Mills said. The high court has no timetable for a ruling. Keep up with what UF Law faculty are saying in the media and writing about in scholarly publications in FlaLaw Online’s weekly updates on Faculty Scholarship & Activities.