Reaction to a possible people vote on bingo

After being closed for almost two months, Country Crossing and other electronic bingo halls across the state are cheering.

Country Crossing's Attorney Will Mathews said Wednesday’s developments were the result of hard work by advocates and law makers who say electronic bingo will be an asset to the economy.

"This is a great day and it is a great day for people of this state, The Senate came together and reached a compromised bill and it got through by a super majority. I must say 60 percent of the votes and that is not easy to get that," Mathews said.

Those against electronic bingo say Wednesday was only a small set back in the fight to keep gambling out of Alabama.

Tom Anderson of Concerned Wiregrass Citizens says that he will continue his efforts to keep electronic bingo illegal.

He also said he believes if there were to be a state wide vote, bingo would be voted down despite what he calls “back room support”.

"We know, I believe without a doubt, that there is a group that is behind gambling in Alabama that wants to control Alabama and I am going to do everything in my power to keep that from happening," Anderson declared.

Wednesday, both sides said this was just one victory in a war that will continue.

Also Will Mathews said Country Crossing does not plan to re-open until they have their day in court or John Tyson is removed from the governor's task force.

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