Governor Riley: Gambling Proposal is a “Crooked Bill”

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley issued the following statement on Tuesday after a Senate committee approved a Constitutional amendment that seeks to legalize and expand slot machine gambling in Alabama:

“People need to start asking their legislators: have you read this bill? Before you vote on this casino bill, are you even going to read it?

“Most of them have absolutely no idea what’s in this bill. So I contacted lawmakers today and outlined to them what’s really in this so-called Sweet Home Alabama plan. If they were being honest, they’d call this the Sweet Hoax Alabama plan.

“It’s a crooked bill. You can be for gambling, you can be against gambling, but what’s in this bill should be an affront to everybody regardless of how they feel about gambling. It’s just a crooked bill.

“This bill doesn’t limit gambling. It allows casinos to open up in every county of this state. It doesn’t regulate gambling. It gives casino operators immunity, so if they break the laws, they can’t be prosecuted. It even gives some casino operators a special low tax rate and fixes that low rate into our constitution.

“The Supreme Court has already ruled that so-called “electronic bingo” is illegal. Instead of trying to help the casino owners who contribute to their campaigns, I’m asking legislators to let law enforcement officers enforce the law in Alabama.”

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  • by danny Location: dothan on Mar 31, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    coruption...what planet does riley live on? $13.5 BILLION from mississippi casinos....hundreds of thousands of $$ to his son-in-law's law firm...thousands mis-appropriated for his rose bowl trip..hundreds of thousands of $$ for illegal pre dawn raids...get a grip riley. u r a hypicrite make that a "crooked" hypicrite. PERIOD
  • by t-man Location: daleville on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    I know about Bingo(a dog I think) why in Al. does every Governor need to be impeached or brought up on charges of some type? What does the law say! put it to a vote and get it over with, but, read the fine print first and make sure it really says what it says. I think this was to get it voted on anyway.
  • by AL Location: Dothan on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM
    If the bill is crooked no one better to know than Bob Riley being the expert he is on doing what he does best lie about his ties to Miss. money.
  • by William Location: Dothan on Feb 16, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    Let us vote already! How hard is that?
  • by Stephen Location: Dothan on Feb 11, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    I find it amusing that in one article I see Bob saying if you don't like the law you should change it. Even though Mr. Gilly has gone through every step, including having the State AG come look over his operation (found to be legal), now that the legislators are bringing a bill forward the first thing our governor says is its illegal you cant change the law. Mr. Governor, would you like some cheese to go with that whine? I would ask the state AG why Mr. Governor has not been brought up on charges for violations of civil rights of business owners, and patrons of a business that is within the law by your own admission. (Specifically intimidation by a show of force using our troopers). I believe we can not wait to elect a new governor. I believe we need to begin impeachment and criminal procedures against our governor.
  • by REL Location: E'Prise on Feb 11, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    I have to keep bringing up this same issue with Bob Riley, why has this become the top issue now? Why was this not an issue for the past 7 or 8 years prior to Country Crossing opening up? Again, I believe it has become personal between Bubba Riley and Ronnie Gilley, no fault of Ronnie G.'s. Bubba just won't give up. Time for new leadership in Alabama, throughout the government, but starting with the governor. Let the people decide what is best for the people. By the way, I am all for Bingo Baby!!!! Wheel of Fortune!!!!!
  • by Dewayne Location: Slocomb on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:31 PM
    I heard Bingo Bob is really a Florida State Seminole fan...
  • by Christina Location: Ozark on Feb 9, 2010 at 10:19 PM
    I want you all to know that Riley is corrupt badly. This is sad and if you think this is bad... think about the rights he has trampled on. My family and I are leaving this corrupt state... because if the govenor can cause state troopers to surround a business and say that people canbe arrested then what in the hell do you think he will do to people like you and me if we cross him. He is dangerous man and needs to be stoped. What about impeacment? I read he has an election this year but who will run against him? Things that are important he cares nothing about. He is a disgrace. Glad I am from GA and husband is from Chicago. You guys have no rights at all... I feel for you all badly. Glad we are moving to St. Paul. Just fight and support Gilley.... remember knowledge is the key to everything... which is what Riley does not have:)
  • by Voter Location: Dothan on Feb 9, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    If Bob Riley wants to act as the Attorney General for Alabama, he should have run for that seat and not waited our tax paying dollars by “acting” as a governor.
  • by gloria Location: Panama city beach on Feb 9, 2010 at 03:56 PM
    Maybe if Gilly gave the gov a kickback he would leave them alone...that seems to be the only way to shut him up........why does it matter to him if people want to gamble, He has no problem with the Indians as long as the contribute, whats that tell you.....
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