Electronic bingo bill passes out of state house

Late this afternoon, the bill affecting electronic bingo in the state was passed out of the State House Tourism committee and sent on to the full House for consideration.

With a standing-room-only crowd looking on, there was passionate debate surounding the bill that would have electronic bingo operations defined under the same federal guidelines as Indian gaming operations do.

An amendment was added to the bill this afternoon making it mandatory for there to be a public vote on the issue before any changes would take effect.

Sources tell News 4 the bill will go for a second reading tomorrow and could end up on the House floor for debate as early as Tuesday.


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  • by Sheila Location: Taylor on Jan 21, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    I say thank you Lord! Maybe someone in this state is finality hearing us! Let the people Vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is the other side afraid of losing?
  • by kat Location: dfs on Jan 21, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    I wish I lived in AL just to help keep Country Crossing and vote Mr. Riley out! You can be sure I will visit soon and enjoy the good time. I'm also crossing my fingers for florala!
  • by Jim Location: Daleville on Jan 21, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    What I find more repugnant than gambling is a government that thinks it has the right to be my moral compass. Let the voters decide.
  • by Betty Location: Coffee Co. on Jan 21, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    I think you should let the people vote I have had some work from there that paid my bills for a month from where I work at. This is a good thing for southeast Alabama and for Alabama's education we always take money from the education plan but never put any money back into the education. i think it should be all for the education if nothing else. so let the people vote. there is never enough for the education. our teachers are using their own money for extras for the class room and still do not get a raise in salary. i also think we should have the lottery. And that is all I got to say about that. sign; me
  • by Dennis Location: Georgia on Jan 20, 2010 at 08:27 PM
    Let the People of Alabama SPEAK. "TIME" for NEW people in OFFICE of "STATE"
  • by Art Location: Dothan on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    I am wondering what connections Riley has with the facilities located elsewhere in the State. I do not see the task force going after Shorter. Or has Riley been getting a cut of that all along? Just food for thought. Then Riley says we have a major problem with funds but he can spend over $60,000.00 of our tax money to go to a ball game in California. Something is just not right here. For me, I say let the people vote. The majority according to the Constitution rules on all laws or issue pertaining to law. When the lawmakers fail to follow the rules of the majority then the majority has the legal right to do away with that government. That was a statement by a President of the United States. We have been around the world and to Las Vegas several times. I would rather spend funds here but it looks like Alabama does not want our money. There loss. US Military Retired.
  • by Vernon Location: Ozark on Jan 20, 2010 at 03:19 PM
    There are over 1000 jobs at Country Crossing. Look at the number of people who eat out which allows them to eat at the local restauants. If there were a law that forced a 1 to 2 percent fee that money spent could be given to the education deptarment. People will still visit and play the bingo slot matchines. If
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