Dear Alabama Legislator,
As you know, the Christian Coalition of Alabama has been at the forefront fighting the expansion of gaming in our state. Unfortunately, for far too long this issue has been demagogued by those on both sides of the debate, with little being done to control the spread of gaming. While the search for possible solutions have been many, there are several factual legal precedents that must be understood if we are to be serous about controlling gaming and being on sound legal footing.
I have enclosed a recent editorial that was published in the Mobile Press Register that outlines the history of gaming in Alabama and what must be done to strictly control the proliferation of gaming. The most important point is that even if the Alabama Supreme Court rules in such a way that electronic bingo is found to be illegal, as long as paper bingo is allowed, the Indians will be allowed to continue their gaming operations thereby creating a monopoly for the Indians. This is very settled in previous federal case law.
I believe it is the duty of the legislature to address the gaming issue in our state and we support the ability of the people to have a voice and vote on the solution to gaming. Otherwise, we will be subjected to endless litigation and ongoing legal challenges.
We welcome any comments or questions you may have on this issue. There are numerous issues that face the state at this time and gaming has dominated this for too long, and we need closure on this issue rather than ongoing costly court battles.
Randy Brinson, MD