House committee approves electronic bingo bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment to
regulate, tax and legalize electronic bingo games in Alabama has
moved within one step of final passage in the Legislature.

The House Tourism and Travel Committee approved by voice vote
Tuesday the controversial bill that has dominated the 2010 session. The bill now goes to the full House for action possibly as early as Wednesday.

If approved by the House, it goes to Alabama voters for a statewide referendum in November.

The bill has mostly been supported by Democrats and opposed by
Republicans. It appears to need a few Republican votes in the House
to reach the 63-vote threshold required to approve a constitutional
amendment.

One Republican committee member, Rep. Harry Shiver of Bay
Minette, said Tuesday he would vote for the bill.

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