Bingo Ordinance May Change

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - City council members are proposing more
than a dozen changes to the city's ordinance that restricts and
regulates electronic bingo.

Suggestions at Saturday's two-hour work session included
increasing the minimum number of electronic bingo machines allowed
in a bingo hall from 500 to 1,000, requiring a detailed security
plan, prohibiting bingo halls from locating in shopping centers and
restricting the halls to one per council district.

The suggestions will be sent to city lawyers for review in time
for a possible vote by the council on Tuesday.

Saturday's work session came a week after a judge sided with
Mobile-based House of Joshua Christian Center and granted the group
temporary permission to open.


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