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Alabama judge considers fate of bingo machines

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Birmingham is hearing a case
that could help clarify whether electronic bingo machines are legal
in Alabama.

Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance is considering whether so-called
charity bingo halls are legal in Walker County. The hearing only
involves that one county, but attorneys in the case say it could
help clarify the issue throughout Alabama.

Opponents including Gov. Bob Riley say the bingo machines are
illegal slot machines. Operators say electronic bingo is different
from illegal gambling, and it's helping veterans' groups and other
charities.

A federal judge recently said electronic bingo machines in
Madison County violated the constitutional amendment that allowed
them and that they appeared to constitute illegal slot machines.

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


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