Alabama Senate committee delays action on bingo bill

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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