State Rep. Marcel Black: No bingo vote in Alabama House until next week

MONTGOMERY -- Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, said he expects the House of Representatives to vote next week on a bill that would let voters decide whether to allow electronic bingo machines across the state but would leave many of the details -- including the number and location of casinos -- for legislators to hash out later.

Black said he anticipated he would have the 63 votes needs to pass the bill in the House of Representatives. Although, other legislators said they thought proponents were three to eight votes short.

Black said legislators should approve the bill because it gives voters the final word on bingo.

"I think the people want to vote on this issue," Black said.

The House Tourism and Travel Committee approved the bill on Tuesday. Black had initially said he would try for a floor vote Wednesday, but said instead it will be delayed until April 21. Some legislators said the delay was a sign that proponents did not have the votes to pass the bill.

Time is running short in the legislative session for the controversial legislation.

The session is scheduled to end on April 22.

By Kim Chandler -- The Birmingham News

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  • by Mary Location: Houston on Apr 17, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    This is about our right to vote on a bill, no matter if your for it or against it. Legislature needs to let the people VOTE how hard can it be for them to make that one little decisions." let us vote"
  • by Joe Location: Slocomb on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:29 PM
    We want our right to VOTE should be up to the people Not Riley.The Rep's are not Voting for BINGO they are voting to let the people Vote for BINGO...and we ARE NOT going to let them by if they DON"T let US VOTE.It's legal in Houston Co we should not even have to Vote on it...we are legal.
  • by Jay Location: Wicksburg on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    Hey Folks, Can't you read. The delay was by a pro-gambling representative, not an opponent of the bill. No one ever said that you had to know how to read or understand in order to be pro gambling.
  • by Jay Bea Location: Dothan on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    Sounds to me like this is just another delaying tactic by the anti bingo members of the House ... I thought last weekend was to explain the bill to those in the House that are unable to read it .. so we have another weekend to do it again... Must have been a lot more Illiteracy in Montgomery than we thought .... I think when there were no changes made in the bill, which would have automatically delayed it (it would have to go back to the committee in the senate before being introduced for a vote) ... Then the anti-bingo people in the House had to scramble to come up with another reason to delay it... Or, Maybe the people that need it read to them again are that Illiterate .... The latter would not surprise me ....
  • by Jimmy Location: Dothan on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    Delay is OK as long as we a going to be given a chance to vote. We ,the voters, of Alabama should decide this issue. One man should not be able to decide it, even if he is a Govervor.
  • by johnny Location: dothan on Apr 14, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    its about time!! so sad alabama politicians (especially the governor) are stupid as hell.
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