Gov's Office Reacts to Report That Vote on Gambling Bill Being Delayed
MONTGOMERY – Jeff Emerson, Communications Director for Governor Bob Riley, made this statement on Wednesday in response to published reports the House is delaying a vote on the gambling bill:
“The Legislature has wasted nearly the entire session obsessing over this gambling bill that doesn’t give the people a true up-or-down vote on gambling. Now we learn they’re going to spend even more time on it. Delaying this vote until next week does nothing but give casino lobbyists extra time to influence lawmakers. We’ve all seen reports of legislators saying they were offered contributions in exchange for their votes on this bill, so giving lobbyists more time to pressure lawmakers should be troubling to every Alabamian, regardless of whether they support gambling or not,” said Emerson.