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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  • by nana Location: midland city on Mar 25, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    our leaders in montgomery are not listening to the people of alabama. the turnout of events in support of electronic bingo has proven that most people have no problem with bringing more jobs and revenue to this area. and taxes? we are taxed to death now! the way to fix the economy is to create more jobs, not make already financially strapped people pay more taxes. the best day in alabama history will be the day bob riley leaves office.
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