The Florida Supreme Court last week ruled that Gov. Charlie Crist did not have unilateral authority to negotiate and sign a gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe, which authorized Las Vegas-style gambling in the state on tribal land.

The ruling leaves in limbo $50 million that the tribe forwarded to the state when the compact was signed by the governor — a move that prompted state House and Senate leaders to petition the Supreme Court for a ruling on the compact’s legality. The high court decision was handed down July 3.

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