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Gov discloses reasons he launched crackdown on gambling
By Riley says he had no choice when he formed antigambling task force
Montgomery, AL – - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says he decided
to crack down on gambling machines because some prosecutors were
unwilling to enforce gambling laws.
Riley said Wednesday he had a choice to make when the attorney
general and some local officials were unwilling to act and that's
why he created the Task Force on Illegal Gambling.
Riley made the comments shortly before leaving for Washington to
join other governors in a meeting with President Obama. A short
while later, more than 250 people rallied on the Capitol steps
outside his office to support three closed gambling halls - Country
Crossing, VictoryLand and White Hall Entertainment Center.
They sang "We Shall Overcome" and called on the Legislature to
pass a constitutional amendment that would protect existing