6:36- The bingo bill has passed out of the senate by a 21-13 vote and now goes to the senate. Watch WTVY at 10pm tonight for all the coverage. Thanks for following the blog today and have a blessed evening!
6:20- The senate has voted to adopt Senator Bedford's amended bill. The bill is now being read at length and will go to a vote after it is read...The bill will need 21 votes to pass out of the Senate.
6:11-The senators voted 21 to 13 for a cloture vote.....the pass/fail vote is about to happen
6:10- The senate is being summoned back to the floor for the vote....it is about to get CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5:55- The supporters of the bill finally yielded the microphone to the opposition. Senator Sanford is blasting the supporters saying that they have no clue what they are voting for. He says that it is wrong for them supporters to hog the podium all day and not let the opposition speak. He says the government is corrupt and is not right in how they acted today.
5:48- The report from the rules committee says that debate on the bingo bill will end at 6:15 then will go to a vote for cloture.
4:33- Several members of the media are wondering why the senators are not asking for a cloture vote. The supporters of the bill have 100% control of the senate floor and if they have the votes, they should vote for the cloture vote. If they make a motion for a cloture and get 21 votes, the bill passes out of the senate.
We are wondering...."Well, maybe they don't have the number of votes"
4:03- We are being told that they will push for a quick cloture vote to be able to vote on the issue today because if they do not vote today, the supporters feel that they may lose a vote to the other side.
3:50- 21 senators voted to bring the bill up for debate. Once the bill is up for vote on passage...they will again need 21 votes to pass the bill and send it to the house.
3:40- Senator Harrie Anne Smith said that the entire first row of the gallery overlooking the senate floor was full of Country Crossing supporters.
3:33- Senator Bedford and another senator are taking jabs at the governors staff members lobbying in the senate. They are making references at back room deals and how they are snakes in the grass about how Gov. Riley and his staff are working.
3:26- Senator Bedford is taking the podium to bring up discussion on his new bingo bill. He has 20 minutes to discuss it.
His new bill is a substitute to the previous one.
The bill includes a minimum 25% tax on the gross and that number could be raised. It also allows portion of the money to be allowed back to the counties. The bill sets up a gaming commission. Elected officials cannot be on the commission nor can they accept financial contributions from gaming interests.
3:25- The senators are voting on unfinished business right now. The buzz around here is that they votes are in favor to pass the bingo bill but that will all be decided by a vote.
3:20- The senate is calling roll to be able to vote on the two bills before the senate floor.
3:13- Lt. Gov. Folsom says that he thinks both the health care and bingo bills have the number of votes to pass out of the senate and that the senate will stay in session until both bills are voted on up or down
3:11- The Gov.'s chief of staff is talking to several senators outside in an attempt to make sure that the bill gets denied.
3:02- Senator Irwin is talking about why the bill should not be up for vote because it is from the pit of hell. He says that it will ruin the state of Alabama.
3:00- A motion to put a bingo bill on the special calendar is before the senate.
2:55- Gov. Riley's chief of staff is on the Senate floor. Several senators says he only comes if something big is about to happen. I overheard him says that the stuff was going to hit the fan.
2:50- Several senators are asking members of the media about if we have heard about a bingo bill. We all just throw our hands in the air and shrug our shoulders.
2:40- The senators just voted to allow bills to be introduced throughout the day. A republican senator just made a motion to adjourn until Thursday morning and the majority voted to deny the motion.
2:24- We are now back in the building and awaiting the start of the session...Our satellite truck just pulled in just in case something big happens here today. We have heard rumors floating around that Senator Roger Bedford is going to introduce new Bingo legislation today....We will see!
1:25- The senate went into recess until 2:30.
1:10- A roll call was taken and several senators were not present and have been excused.
12:55- We have arrived in Montgomery for the Senate session for today. Senator Denton sang a song for everyone after he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame last weekend.