Governor Riley Urges House to Oppose Controversial Gambling Bill

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley has written members of the House of Representatives urging them to vote against the gambling bill that is at the center of an investigation being conducted by federal authorities.

The two-page letter is accompanied by a fact sheet that lays out the details of the gambling bill, Senate Bill 380, sponsored by Senator Roger Bedford.

It has been reported that federal investigators warned legislative leaders last week that there is “substantial evidence” of corruption surrounding this bill.

“From the beginning of this debate, I’ve said it’s not about gambling and it’s certainly not about bingo. It’s about corruption,” said Governor Riley. “I find it hard to believe anyone would support a bill that opens the floodgates to corruption in this state. Yet I’m very concerned that may happen, so I’m providing each House member with information so they will hopefully understand how truly corrupt this bill is.”

In his letter to House members, the Governor says the bill is “not the ‘simple bingo bill’ its supporters claim. It is a blank check that would legalize electronic gambling machines in Alabama and let the Legislature fill in the details later. The only thing ‘simple’ about this bill is the simple majority that it would empower to enact the gambling interests’ agenda.”

In his letter, Governor Riley points out a simple majority of the Senate has already voted for an earlier version of Senate Bill 380 that provided a no-bid casino monopoly to a handful of casino operators and gave casino operators criminal immunity from the state’s gambling laws.

“There’s no reason to believe that if this bill becomes law they won’t come back and vote again to provide casino operators who contribute to their campaigns with a no-bid monopoly,” said Governor Riley. “They’ve already done it once. If given the chance, they will do it again. I’m urging the House to stop this corrupt bill.


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  • by mici Location: houston co on Apr 7, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    CC opened because they were doing nothing against the law as it stands in Houston County. They were given approval in all good faith by County officials and Riley was invited to inspect the machines and their certifications for meeting the requirements as legal Bingo machines. Riley is the only corruption of power and authority here. The only criminal act has been his never ending fight for diverting attention away from his received bribes from Indian and Mississippi gambling conerns. I doubt that the removal of Harry Ann Smith from the Republican party was for reasons stated. It came right after her votes in favor of the cassino bill. She is for the people to have rights and a vote which is a breath of fresh air. Time to forget about PARTY LINES and look at the unemployment lines instead!
  • by Troy Location: Dothan on Apr 7, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    Darrell, The state couldn't stop country crossing from building because at that point they hadn't done anything illegal. The state DID however warn them that they would not be allowed to have slot machines because they were illegal. Country Crossings didn't listen or obey the law and that is when the state stepped in. Someone can't be arrested or investigated for a crime that they didn't committ. After country crossings opened the casino, they were committing criminal acts so at that point the state could step in.
  • by daniel on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM
    What is it going to take to end the damage that Riley is doing to the state of Alabama?
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Apr 6, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    If you read the bill it really is not a very good bill. The only reason to have gambling is if you want gambling. It should not be taxed at all. The more tax money you give the government the more they spend. If you want to help the schools or charities go to them and give them money. I doubt they'll refuse it. We dont need gambling for that. We dont need gambling to increase taxes. The government cant spend responsibly with the money they have now. They dont need more to worry about. If you want to vote for gambling, wait for a bill that just lets you gamble at will. Have a poker game at home. Bet on the basketball game. More of a friendly type thing. Voting on just any gambling bill that comes up is not what any intelligent person would want to do. We need a bill that would satisfy the needa of the people who want to gamble, not the needs of a group of greedy politcians.
  • by Grace Location: Ashford on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    OH pulezz! Look at Riley and Clinton . They can pass for brothers. They look and act like twins . CC invited Riley and task force to come in and check out the machines. They were a no show. When Gilley paid the taxes, The game was on with Rileys low down tricks. I hope that I live to see the day he is ousted and Alabama can shine again without disgrace.
  • by boce Location: Dothan on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:51 PM
    My daddy had a saying that "the shot dog hollers the loudest" and "where there's smoke, there's fire". With all the hollering and smoke blowing from riley's mouth, the flood gates of corruption are open in the governor's office!. Why is he not being investigated? Something is definitely wrong with this picture!
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on Apr 6, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    THREE CHEERS FOR riley........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................oops
  • by Ruth Location: Florida on Apr 6, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    This picture gets more comical as the days go by. Why would intelligent people (your legislators) not see that it is unfair for them not to vote in favor of this legislation because the Governor's own Task Force Commander requested campaign contributions form the gaming operators. Anyone who knows anything about lobbying knows that promises are made for campaign contributions. This is fact. Some just do a better job of hiding it. Does it make it right? Who knows. However, it really looks like there is "rot" at the top of this tree. I hope for the sake of the people of Alabama that the legislature will step up and do what is right and give them a chance to vote and bring an end to this comedy because this is exactly what it has become. People going every day without jobs, money to pay their bills just to see this circus continue seems so unreal for a country that is suppose to have freedom of choice.
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on Apr 6, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    BOB I SEE YOU ARE BACK AT IT AGAIN.SCREWING THE PEOPLE OF AL. HOW COULD YOU DO THIS WITH OUT TYSON AND SOME OF THESE SO CALL PREACHER.DONT YOU NEED THEIR HELP.MABY THE FBI AND THE ABI NEED TO SEE IF YOU TYSON AND THESE SO CALL PREACHER ARE CORRUPT.I READ ON RICKEY STOKES NEWS THAT YOU ARE INTERVIEWING SOME OF THESE LOCAL BOYS HERE IN DOTHAN.I BET YOU WILL GET ONE THAT AGAINST BINGO.WHAT DO YOU THINK.COUNTRY CROSSING WILL PROBLE HAVE TO GO BE FOR THE JUDGE YOU PICK.YOU WIN AND COUNTRY CROSSING WILL LOSE.THIS WOULD BE A BET I WOULD TAKE,WHAT DO YOU THINK.YOU HAVE BEEN A JOKE FOR THIS STATE AND PEOPLE.MABY WE WILL GET A NEW GOVENER LIKE SPARKS.I BET HE WILL MOVE THE STATE IN THE 21 CENTURY.YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO YOUR ROOM WITH TYSON AND THESE SO CALL PREACHER AND PLAY STRIP POKER.BET IT WOULD IN UP IN A DRAW.HOPE MRS HARRI SMITH RUN BECAUSE SHE WILL GET MY VOTE.SHE IS NOT SCARE TO STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT.MABY SHE WILL RUN FOR GOVERNOR.
  • by Darlene Location: Dothan on Apr 6, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    I have never seen a more corrupt gov in my life than you are. Why dont you just admitt you can not vote for Bingo because of your obliagation with the indian Casinos. Just look at your picture with the indian blanket wrapped around you. How well you accept their gifts and well you cut down your own people. This has never been about Bingo but MONEY and everyone knows it. What is this world comming too???
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