11:21am

Wed October 14, 2009
WVAS Local

Ala judge to review legality of electronic bingo

Birmingham, AL – (AP) - A judge in Birmingham is hearing a case
that could help clarify whether electronic bingo machines are legal
in Alabama.
Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance is considering whether so-called
charity bingo halls are legal in Walker County. The hearing only
involves that one county, but attorneys in the case say it could
help clarify the issue throughout Alabama.
Opponents including Gov. Bob Riley say the bingo machines are
illegal slot machines. Operators say electronic bingo is different
from illegal gambling, and it's helping veterans' groups and other
charities.
A federal judge recently said electronic bingo machines in
Madison County violated state gambling laws.
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Information from: The Birmingham News,
http://www.al.com/birminghamnews