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Wed March 25, 2009
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State Senate Delays Vote on Gambling

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has delayed
action for one week on a bill that would tax and regulate
electronic bingo gambling in nine Alabama counties.
Committee Chairman Bobby Singleton of Greensboro said the bill's
sponsor, Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery, is working on changes and
didn't want the committee to vote Wednesday. Singleton said the
committee plans to vote next Wednesday.
A similar bill by Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia won approval
from a House committee two weeks ago and is awaiting action in the
House.
The two bills have been pushed by several country music
entertainers, including Alabama's Randy Owen, because they would
clear up legal questions about a country music resort and gambling
hall planned near Dothan.
Gov. Bob Riley and some religious organizations have opposed
them.

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