Florida: Judge orders hearing into claims that Seminole Tribe is blocking petition signatures Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times · December 8, 2021 at 3:11 pm The fate of a casino expansion petition drive rests in the hands of a Tallahassee judge who on Wednesday agreed to a conduct an emergency hearing to consider evidence that the Seminole Tribe of Florida may be attempting to sabotage a constitutional amendment asking voters to approve casinos outside of the tribe’s control. The lawsuit was brought by Las Vegas Sands, which is backing a constitutional amendment that would allow card rooms across the state to be converted to Las Vegas-style casinos under the condition that they are located 130 miles from the tribe’s Hard Rock and other casinos. Sands is also proposing another amendment that would authorize three new casinos to conduct Las Vegas-style games in Florida. If approved, the measures would undercut the Seminole Tribe’s monopoly on casino games, which Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature reauthorized in a gambling agreement signed in May.