11:01am

Wed March 10, 2010
WVAS Local

Ala gov dislikes simple referendum on gambling

Montgomery, AL – - Gov. Bob Riley said he opposes a simple
statewide referendum on whether to allow electronic bingo gambling
because it could open the door to widespread gambling with only a
majority vote of the Legislature.
He said a statewide referendum must include specifics on what
the Legislature can and can't do if Alabamians say yes to more
gambling. Otherwise, he said the Legislature could approve anything
it wanted by a simple majority vote instead of the three-fifths
vote now required for changes in gambling laws.
Riley discussed gambling Tuesday after attending a tourism
promotion in Montgomery.