The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a petition by parties involved in the gaming industry that challenges the state`s multibillion-dollar compact with the Seminole Tribe, citing procedural grounds to deny the motion.

The high court turned down the petition by West Flagler Associates Ltd., Bonita-Fort Myers Corp. and one individual plaintiff on March 21, saying that the petitioners’ writ of quo warranto challenge (a method to question a defendant’s ability to exercise a right) was improper.

The petitioners argued that a sports-betting provision in the state’s compact violated an article of the Florida Constitution requiring the expansion of casino gambling in the state to be done through the initiative process. 

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