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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  • by Bd on May 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    The Gambling should be put to a vote,but if it passes it should be allowed in any county not just 10 locations,thats what we call a monopoly,and exactly what CC wants,they are not going into the gambling busines to lose money I assure,and if there going to call it bingo then have a person on the stage pulling balls with numbers on them out of a spinning wheel and calling the numbers out to the audience so that they can mark their bingo cards now thats bingo,electronic bingo is set up by a computer chip to payoff at differant intervals,thus assurring the establishment that owns the machines a tidy payoff,I say no More.
  • by Todd Location: Dothan on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    I have an idea on what going to go on this election year.. I bet they are going to use this for the campain they are going to do... I mean a very hot topic.. Imagine, your going to have a comercial say somthing like this.. and if you elect me I will help pass the bingo bill that will create jobs for Alabamians. You will also see a ton of (so and so voted against the bingo bill.. bote for me.. I wonder happen to the DA in Dothan? maybe I missed him making a speach or somthing but has anyone heard from him since he started or rather help Riley do this to us? Election year is great,
  • by budnbee Location: dothan on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    I agree with Jay Bea. Let the people vote either way . If we win or lose --- we will at least say it was put for a vote. COME ON AND STAND UP LIKE A MAN !
  • by Jay Bea Location: Dothan on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    If the yes votes are so far behind in the House .... go ahead and vote and see where you are at the end... The same thing was said in the Senate, But it passed and the Gov wanted investigations in to why it passed ... He thought, just like he thinks in this vote in the house he has it all wrapped up with No votes ... Come on Reps. let's show him again that he cannot intimidate everyone in the Legislature to vote his way... Come on Reps Let the people vote for what they want for a change...
  • by Anonymous II Location: Visiting Dothan from West Side Kali on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    Ok Riley, you know that this was postponed to allow you time to bribe these House Members and stonewall this bill. Let the People VOTE! Alabama is so behind in many aspects of being a state, it is 2010 not 1710; Alabamians need: jobs, revenue, productive citizens, education, decent and safe housing and business buildings, new roads, reduced crime and law enforcement to do valid law enforcement work and a lot more. How is it going to achieve this - let the PEOPLE VOTE!
  • by Keith Location: Ozark, AL on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    If anybody should be insulted, it should be the Legislature. If the people vote, many will see the potenial income reducing the budget woes. If we vote against gambling, end of issue. But if we vote for it, the Gov. Riley assumes, as has happened in the past, that the Legislature and the gambling commission will become pawns of the gambling interests (follow the money). Perhaps there is a high potential that the "good old days" of Montgomery corruption will return. Can we assume that this has not happened in Reno, NV, Las Vegas, NV and Atlantic City, NJ? Is the Legislatures of NV and NJ different from Alabama (especially the infamous NJ)? Maybe Bob Riley knows something we don't about the Montgomery government. I still say that the lottery was voted down due to the citizens assuming that much of the money would end up in a politician's pocket rather than in the school budgets. Let us vote - maybe we will learn if "Boss Hogg" is really dead.
  • by Oliver Jr. Location: Dothan on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM
    I hope the FBI investigation hasn't scared our House Members. They should surly realize that over 80% of the people of Alabama want to vote on the Bingo Bill, and that a no vote could come back to "HAUNT THEM" come November. Riley is out, so he has nothing to lose, but many of them are seeking re-election. I for one am going to be very selective when I vote this year. I will remember who stood up for Alabama, and who did not.
  • by James Location: Dothan on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    The question is "Why not just allow open gambling?" Whether we like it or not, gambling is going to happen. I have been to many homes where there is a friendly poker game. Some places do it under the table. The difference is that passing a law would allow the establishment of a gambling commission that would regulate the "commerce". It would ensure bingo and slot machines are not rigged. It would ensure people are not getting robbed by crooked gambling establishments. Mr. Gilley is doing what all honorable Americans want to do: make a profit. His establishments would not only create jobs, but the secondary and tertiary jobs that are created in the area would bring in massive amounts of money that does not already exist in this area. If it were as easy to just throw money at the county to build schools, don't you think the good people of our state senate would have already done so. We are broke as a state. Gov Bob Riley,do you think we are too stupid to make our own decision?
  • by somebody on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    Let me people vote for goodness sake. What is wrong with Alabama. Dont the citizens count for anything?? Is the only state where people dont count at all???
  • by Jimmy Location: Midland City on Apr 20, 2010 at 03:26 AM
    I have asked my HOUSE REP to vote yes. Now I will watch and take appropiate voting action on who did what. June is just around the corner. I and my friends want to vote on this Bingo issue. Let the people vote!!!!!!!
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