Bill to Increase Penalties for Gambling Promoters Stalls

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Legislation to increase the penalties for promoting gambling has stalled in the Alabama Senate.

Republican Sen. Bryan Taylor of Prattville fell three votes short Tuesday of getting the 21 votes he needed to cut off stalling tactics by opponents of his gambling bill. At that point, the Republican leader of the Senate, Del Marsh of Anniston, moved to delay action on the bill because he said it needs more work. The Senate agreed to postpone the bill.

The bill would have increased the penalties for possessing a gambling device or promoting gambling from a misdemeanor to a felony if the defendant made at least $10,000. That would have increased the maximum penalty from a year on jail to 10 years in prison. Taylor says the current penalties are no deterrent.

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