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Gambling issues dies in Alabama senate
By Sponsor of bingo bill says he won't raise gambling issue during remainder of session
Montgomery, AL – - The sponsor of electronic bingo bills in
the Alabama Senate says he won't make another attempt to pass them
during this year's legislative session.
Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford fell three votes short Wednesday
when he tried to get the Senate to allow full debate on his
constitutional amendment to tax, regulate and expand electronic
bingo casinos. Bedford voluntarily delayed consideration of his
other bill allowing some closed casinos to reopen.
An opponent of the bills, Gov. Bob Riley, said senators
understood the bills were crooked and gave a monopoly to a few
politically connected casino bosses.
Another opponent, the Rev. Dan Ireland of the Alabama Citizen
Action Program, said he expects the bills to resurface because too
much money is at stake for casino operators.