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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  • by Bryan Location: Florida on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    (Please) O.K. Read my post one more time. I never insinuated that you practiced Wicca. I was only saying that you stated that RELIGIOUS leaders were causing the stir. So therefore Wiccas, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, and anyone else who believes in a higher deity are by definition RELIGIOUS. So I only asked if you were saying that they also were causing a problem with the gambling debate in Alabama, or did you mean to specifically point to the Christians as the problem?? You need to clarify your post. So I did not prove your case in point, you merely miss read my post. And you did say what people have the right to do or not to do "It also doesn't give you the right to judge or to portray that you know what God wants or doesn't want." sound familiar? Now, your post is not very Christian either, you basically said that you were once a church going believer in Christ until someone didn't do things the way you thought they should so you quit going. Doesn't sound like that is what Jesus would do.
  • by GP Location: dothan on Mar 4, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    Well... Why doesn't Country Crossing in Dothan have the support from our Judicial Community as does Victoryland or Green Track? CC has already proven to the County Commission, the Sheriff and the members of HEDA (the DA decided not to show up)that their machines comply with the 6 points outlined by the Supreme Court Of Alabama... Mark Culver and the Commissioners, along with HEDA have asked many times for the Governor and his Task Force to peacefully come to Country Crossing to observe the operation of their machines .... Instead the Gov elected to send 125 uniformed State Troopers to seize all the machines in the facility in the dark of night ... he didn't want to waste time AND the Taxpayers Money with trivial details like Insuring that the machines were Legal or Illegal ..... My question is Why is Mark Culver, County Commissioners, HEDA and the people of Country Crossing have to stand up to Riley & Tyson While The Sheriff's Dept. Our DA and The rest of the Judicial Officials Hide,
  • by Jay Bea Location: dothan on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    Will Victoryland open back up.. (I heard it was opening Friday) ALL OF IT, the Bingo Facility too... Maybe Milton knows something that the rest of don't, MORE POWER TO HIM ... If i were him i would make the Alabama Militia (Bob's Troopers) have to prove that the operation is Illegal.... I would solicit the help of the Macon County DA and the Attorney General and take the fight to them.... I would advise Country Crossing to do the same... It will probably work, look at GREEN TRACK they are open and have been through most of this nonsense .... only because they took the fight to the GOV's Task FORCE... And, They have left them alone .... WHY???? -------------------- WTVY Response: We're told Victoryland is now scheduled to reopen at 1pm tomorrow (friday). That of course, could change but that's what they're saying as of 3:45pm Thursday.
  • by Jay Bea Location: dothan on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    Ken ... Do you really think that Senator Sanford or any of the other Idiots in Montgomery is really going to allow us to vote on ANY bill having to do with "Slots" or bingo machines??? I don't, because it will be written in such a way (if it is written at all) that no one (not even members of his own party)would Vote for it..... This is just the ramblings of a senator that knows he does not have long left in office.... He will be gone with the rest of the 16 other Idiots that deprived the Majority of the people in Alabama there right to decide for themselves whether this is a good or bad bill... You should be as up-set as most of the people posting on this BLOG that your rights were denied as well....
  • by Please! on Mar 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    (BRYAN) For your information I have studied my bible from front to back, reading it from Genesis to Revelations, not missing one dot, one comma, or one word in between. I also used to go to church everytime the church doors were open. If that meant going every night during a revival, I was there. And no I don't go anymore. In my oppinion the majority of so-called christians today have made a mockery out of the true teachings of Christ. Insinuateing that I practice Wicca, that's real christian of you, proving my case in point. You've already got me marked and judged and you don't even know me or anything about me. And did I say anything about what anybody has a right to do or not to do? Don't think so. To each his own. But one's things for sure, I look forward to the day when Christ my Lord returns and sets everything straight. Until that day, I feel I'm about as close to the truth as I will ever get. God is love & He who dwells in love, dwells in GOD & God in him.
  • by ken Location: dothan on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    If you want the right to vote, then Sen. Sanford of Huntsville does away with 28 pages of grey area and makes it plain English. "Do away with electronic bingo and call it slot machines and let people vote." That way there is no confusion, and tax it 50% for the state.
  • by Bryan Location: Florida on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    (Please!) I think that you do understand parts of the Bible, if you understood it as a whole you would not be making this argument. If the (religious) don't have a right to tell you and others what to do, you and others don't have a right to tell the (religious) either. Oh, religious people and Christians are two different people. Christianity is unique in the fact that it is the ONLY faith which is not a religion- as a 'religion'- by definition means "to be bound" by rules and regulations and rituals in order that one MAY attain salvation. "For it is by God's grace that you have been saved, through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's GIFT, so that no one can boast about it." (Ephesians 2: 8-9) Religious - relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity. So being religious doesn't mean you are Christian, just that you believe in some kind of deity. So I guess you don't understand. Do Wiccas not want gambling either??
  • by Please! on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:06 AM
    If I'm understanding the words of my bible correctly,it appears the religious leaders(also better known as Pharisees & HYPOCRITS), in the time of Jesus, were causing quite a stir back then, as well. So much so, it ultimately led to the crucifixion of God's only begotten Son. I'm sure they too will have their part in the lake of fire. Just because you're religious, doesn't make you an advocate for God,nor His voice. It also doesn't give you the right to judge or to portray that you know what God wants or doesn't want. Or whose side God is on & whose side He is not on. Like it or not, we are all God's children, created in His own image. And only God knows a persons heart. Please! remove the log from your own eye, before trying to remove the splinter from anothers. And you might want to be mindful of your prideful heart. Also, you might not want to count your chickens before they hatch. That might lead to having to eat your words.
  • by JW Location: Dothan on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    Hmm, I wonder how many of you call yourselves Christians. It just AMAZES me that so many of you are so quick to turn you back on God and the church when you don't get what you want.
  • by AN0N Location: ALABAMA on Mar 4, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    If our government was wanting to give a monopoly to any other industry in our state you people would be yelling discrimination! Can't you all see this was simply protecting a select few in the so called electronic bingo industry. Any time only a certain few can participate in making the kind of money these operators had anticipated what is fair about that? If the only thing some of you are concerned about is jobs, why not just legalize prostitution, drug pushing and so forth? All those things would provide jobs. Thank God that we have some senators, representatives and a governor who care about common honesty. And why are people from other states voicing their opinion, they are not voting or paying taxes in Alabama?
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