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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