MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has blocked bills that would reopen closed electronic bingo casinos and allow more to open.

Proponents fell three votes short of the 21 votes needed
Wednesday to have full debate on a proposed constitutional
amendment taxing, regulating and expanding electronic bingo.

The sponsor, Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville,
earlier got the Senate to delay consideration of a companion bill
that would have allowed closed electronic bingo casinos to reopen.

The Senate's action does not kill the bills. Bedford can revise
them and try to bring them up later in the legislative session.

However, Bedford told News 4's Rhiana Huckins that he has no plans to do so.

Both Wiregrass Senators, Harri Anne Smith and Jimmy Holley voted in favor of the bill.


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