Governor Riley comments on introduction of far-reaching gambling bill

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley issued the following statement on Thursday concerning the introduction of a far-reaching gambling bill in the Legislature, SB 471 in the Senate and HB 676 in the House:

“If supporters of this bill really believe gambling is so good for Alabama, then why does their bill say it will restrict gambling? It’s because deep down they know the truth: gambling might make casino operators into multi-millionaires, but it hurts people, families and our communities. It brings with it more misery, more crime and more corruption.

Alabamians know this and that’s why every time all the people have had a chance to vote on gambling, they’ve rejected it," Riley said.

He also said, “We will spend more than $12 billion in state and federal money on education in Alabama this year. This proposal would bring in less than one percent of that amount.

For less than one percent, I don’t believe we should allow more crime, misery and corruption into Alabama.”


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  • by Winger1996 Location: Mongomery on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    Check your records Alabama has VOTED again and again. NO to Gambling. The last time the govonor stated "Ganbling is a dead issue in ALABAMA". Corrution and Crime, you got to be kidding. Known 4 robberies in the parking lot of Victoryland since Jan, But you won't see it in the paper or police blotter. Recently rumor, machines were paying out decently, Fire alarm goes off, evacuate all personell, no fire or reason for alarm is found, patrons return, machines no longer paying out as much, casiono's can't controll the payout ratio, right!!! my understanding is even the tiket exangers didn't work right but the slot macines would take your tikets. Here is some Math for you. Take millions of dollars the casino takes in, put it in the economy (purchasing items), match the percent they give to city to the tax revenu (8-10% depending on city) and see who is making money without giving back. Logo for casino, the few get richer, the poor get poorer and everyone is happy.
  • by hutch Location: Slocomb on Mar 6, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    I think Gov Riley is a idiot..he thinks Gambling is bad for Ala. but he takes money from the Choctaw Mississippi Indians to keep it out of Al. so Al will go to MS and play...what a joke he is.
  • by james Location: enterpeise on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    isnt going down to florida for a lotto ticket a form of gambling? look at the money that goes to florida education from that. i think if gambling comes to alabama good for us that we get it..at least our money wont be going to funding another state!!!!!!!!
  • by citizen4jobs Location: alabama on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    Let the people vote. Support Senate Bill 471. Support jobs, education, healthcare and economic development
  • by Cheryl Location: Headland on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    I am just puzzled on the comments made that bingo will bring in crime and corruption. How does Gov. Riley surmise this if he claims to never going to a casino or bingo hall. I have been to serveral casinos from Victory Land to Vegas and never once have I seen crime or corruption going on. There is already so many robberies in Dothan its pathetic. Its the economy not Bingo Halls that is causing all the crime in Dothan not to mention drugs. My question is how can Gov. Riley feel good about trying to close down or stop charity bingo,where so many will benefit, or the jobs that will be taken away? Is he going to find jobs for his constituents? Is he going to promote tourism? Is he going to give millions to help others? I hope folks will wake up and look at the big picture. Thank you!!!
  • by citizen4jobs Location: alabama on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    Governor needs to check his math. This bill is likely to yield close to $300 million in the early years and close to $500 million by the 6th year. Plus since medicaid gets 30% of the money the state is likely to get another $250 million to $500 million in federal dollars. They need to stop lying to the people and let the people vote
  • by citizen4jobs Location: Alabama on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    The Governor is such a joke. The people of Alabama have voted 18 times to allow bingo (i.e. gambling). He can't talk to the press without lying. Lies about the money he got from Mississippi. Lies about the machines being illegal. Lies about the people always voting down gambling. I swear the man has absolutely no regard for the truth. He needs to get out of the way of this bill and let the people vote. I know I'm going to vote for jobs, vote for education, vote for healthcare and vote for bingo!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:55 PM
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