Davis says 'Sweet Home Alabama' bill needs changes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Artur
Davis says the "Sweet Home Alabama" gambling bill pending in the
Legislature needs changes.

Davis, who represents Alabama's 7th Congressional District, says
each county ought to decide for itself whether gambling is
acceptable. He says if there is gambling, there ought to be an open
competitive process to determine who gets to conduct the gambling
and the state tax rate proposed in the bill for gambling operations
should be higher.

Davis is running in the Democratic primary for governor against state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. Democratic state Sen.
Roger Bedford of Russellville is considering entering the race.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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