Bingo bill won't come up on final day of session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill to regulate and tax electronic bingo is dead in the Alabama Legislature after dominating action in the 2010 regular session and sparking a federal investigation.

The House sponsor, Democratic Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia, said he would not bring the bill up for debate Thursday, the final day of the session. Black had pulled his bill from the House work agenda on Wednesday. He said he didn't have the 63 votes to pass the proposed constitutional amendment.

The bill would have established a commission to set rules for bingo operations and ended raids of electronic bingo facilities by Gov. Bob Riley's task force on illegal gambling.

Federal agents have met with key legislators and said they were investigating efforts to pass the bill.

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