Ala bingo bill in doubt as House debate nears vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Legislators on both sides of the issue say supporters of a bill to tax, regulate and legalize electronic bingo in Alabama appear to be a few votes short of what's needed to pass it in the Alabama House.

The proposed constitutional amendment is the first issue scheduled for debate in the House Wednesday. The bill has passed the Senate and must receive 63 votes in the House to go to voters in November.

A bingo bill supporter, Democratic Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, said Monday he believes supporters are at least three votes short.

An opponent, House Minority Leader Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn, said most Republicans and a few conservative Democrats continue to oppose the bill. He predicted support for the issue would fall at least six votes short.

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