Lawmaker wants vote on gambling

MONTGOMERY, Ala.(AP) - A Republican state senator is pressing
for a statewide vote on whether to abolish gambling in Alabama.

State Sen. Scott Beason's proposal would mean no charity bingo,
no betting at dog tracks as well as no gambling halls with bingo
machines that look and work much like slots.

Beason said he wants to see "a straight up-and-down vote on
gambling."

Even gambling opponents say the bill faces very long odds.

Gov. Bob Riley's policy director said, "You're never going to
see that coming out of this Legislature."

Constitutional amendments can be adopted by a simple majority of
voters, but only after winning three-fifths approval of the state
House and Senate.


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