In their first substantive meeting since the House and Senate passed diametrically opposed approaches to the gambling issue, negotiators acknowledged the clock is ticking but remained upbeat about trying to bridge what appears to be an ideological divide, as pressure mounts from recent and impending court decisions and a looming constitutional amendment.

TALLAHASSEE — Controversial electronic games that are the subject of a recent court decision would be outlawed under a proposal offered Monday by the Senate, as lawmakers begin to hash out differences over gambling plans with less than two weeks before the legislative session is slated to end.

In their first substantive meeting since the House and Senate passed diametrically opposed approaches to the gambling issue, negotiators acknowledged the clock is ticking but remained upbeat about trying to bridge what appears to be an ideological divide, as pressure mounts from recent and impending court decisions and a looming constitutional amendment.

“There are some low-hanging fruits in here and there are some more complicated issues that we need to work through, but it is the intent of the House to negotiate in good faith and hopefully get us across the finish line,” said the House’s chief negotiator, Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami. “Obviously, time is running out, but we are still early enough in session where I think we can be productive and do a good deal for the state of Florida.”

Lawmakers, who are scheduled to end the session May 5, are trying to reach consensus on a bill that could have statewide impacts on the gambling industry. A focus of the effort is reaching a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has been locked in a court battle with the state over the tribe’s exclusive rights to operate banked card games, such as blackjack, at most of its casinos.

A portion of a 20-year deal giving the tribe the rights to the card games — in exchange for a guaranteed payment to the state of $1 billion over five years — expired in 2015, but the tribe has continued to conduct the games. A federal judge late last year ruled the state violated the exclusivity agreement by allowing what are known as “designated player” card games at pari-mutuel facilities throughout the state.

The tribe, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and legislative leaders have been back at the table trying to reach a deal, known as a gambling “compact.” The Legislature refused to sign off on an agreement struck between the governor and the Seminoles late in 2015.

Since then, the tribe emerged victorious in the federal lawsuit over the banked games, but the state is appealing the decision. And a number of other court rulings could have an impact on the remainder of the compact, which also includes a revenue-sharing agreement between the Seminoles and the state based on the tribe’s exclusive rights to offer slot machines outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

“If you’ve been following this issue for the last couple of years, it seems like every few months there’s a new judicial determination that impacts the compact in one way or another. There are still plenty of threads out there, and we’re constantly playing a game of catch-up,” Diaz said.

Also, the Florida Supreme Court last week signed off on a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in the future. If backers can collect enough signatures, that amendment would go on the November 2018 ballot.

Before starting the negotiations with the House, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a gambling measure that would be friendly to the pari-mutuel industry. The measure would, among other things, allow slot machines in eight counties — including Washington County — where voters have approved them, while the House favored a more status-quo approach that essentially would allow the Seminoles to continue to have a monopoly on slots outside of South Florida.

In an initial offer Monday to the House, the Senate did not back down from its stance on slots in the additional counties but included a new component that would ban certain electronic machines, also known as “pre-reveal” games, that are the subject of a Tallahassee lawsuit.

The controversy centers on electronic games known as “Version 67,” produced by Blue Sky Games and leased by Jacksonville-based Gator Coin Inc. The games are typically found in bars. The companies sued the state after investigators with the Division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confiscated the machines, alleging the computer games are effectively illegal slot machines.

This month, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper sided with the manufacturer and the distributor of the machines, finding they don’t violate prohibitions against slots because the games include a “preview” feature advising players of the outcome “before the player commits any money to the game by activating the ‘play’ button.” In a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, the Seminoles called on the Legislature to address the issue or risk having the state lose millions of dollars from the slots revenue-sharing plan.

Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who is the chief negotiator for his chamber and who is slated to take over as Senate president in November 2018, acknowledged the Senate did not move far from its original position in the initial offer.

“From our perspective, we’re hosting conference. …We have so much in our bill, and there’s a lot for the House to work with coming back. We could only start by identifying issues to modify or to move slowly,” Galvano told reporters after the meeting.

“I certainly didn’t expect them to come forward with the House offer,” Diaz said. “So our opportunity now is to look at it and decide, are there things that we want to come close to them on, and are there things that we want to hold fast on, and I’m sure there will be a little bit of both.”

The Senate proposal also modified a provision in the chamber’s gambling bill (SB 8), which would have allowed two new slot machines licenses in South Florida — one each in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Under Monday’s offer, the two new licenses could both be located in either county, or could be split between the two. The Seminoles had objected to having a new slots competitor near its Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, in Broward County, Galvano intimated.

Diaz and Galvano said they would meet again later this week.