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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Todd Location: Dothan on Apr 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM
    Oh we all know why the "allow the people to vote" law did not make it.. once we get a taste of that, what do we need them for. I am for the bingo bill. There is only 2 things to do in alabama.. Goto one of the 4 surrounding states to have a tad bit of fun, or drive through it poke fun at the elected officials sucking the thumbs on your way to one of the 4 surrounding states to have fun. Its funny and scarry that 1. With so many people out of work they can just end it. What is the difference between 1000's of people out of work vs. someone in court with a jury? (well we can't make up our minds see ya next november-meanwhile have fun in your cell. I am sure glad they can still collect the checks while others are trying to figure out where the next meal will come from or the unreasonably huge electric bill will be paid. How hard is it. tax em 25-40% this is where the money must go.. create a job to monitor it, walla problem solved. I bet if CC closes for good.. Riley friends will get it.
  • by rodsmith on Apr 24, 2010 at 11:08 PM
    if cc is smart and have to leave they will DESTORY every last thing they put into that field. Leave it just like they found it.
  • by Glenn Location: Panama City on Apr 23, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    After months of following all the developments of this case, I thought the elected officials would have gone with the smart option and put it to the people to vote. However, political suicide is the avenue they chose and now have at least 50% of the people feeling that they are not smart enough to make a desicion for them selves. So my big question is what is next. We know Riley owes the Indian Casinos, so is there an alterative motive pushing things along to possibly buy Country Crossings at the point of bankrupcy. Think about it. Dothan needs and wants jobs. The Indians already have Riley in their back pocket, it would be the perfect set up to aquire the property as a Casino. I am sorry things did'nt work out. Now we are forced back to Biloxi to have a little fun. Come November I would clean the House out. Don't forget
  • by Ron Location: Dothan on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    I hope everyone who thinks we have a right to VOTE will do so in November and get rid of the politicians who kept us from having the chance.
  • by JAMES Location: SIMMONS on Apr 22, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    I CANNOT BLAME MR BLACK FOR NOT BRING UP THE BINGO BILL WHEN BINGO RILEY AND HIS PUPPETS GOT THE DECK STACK AGANIST YOU.THE CIRCUS THAT I LISTEN TO YESTERDAY WHEN YOU WERE TALKING SHOWS HOW STUPID THE PEOPLE THAT RUNS THIS OUTLAW STATE ARE.IT MAKE ME SICK THATS THE WAY ARE ELECTED OFFICAL ARE.MABY ONE DAY THEY WILL BECOME MEN.AND NOT MICES.
  • by BULL Location: FLORIDA on Apr 22, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    PEOPLE OF ALABAMA I RECKON YOU CAN SEE WHERE YOU STAND YOUR GOVERNOR HAS SPOKE AND YOUR LAWMAKERS HEARD WHAT HE SAID NOT WHAT YOU THE PEOPLE HAD TO SAY. BUT WHEN HE COMES UP FOR REELECTION THEN YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY. STAY STRONG
  • by MIKE Location: DOTHAN on Apr 22, 2010 at 01:42 PM
    ITS A SAD DAY THAT PEOPLE IN POWERR CAN CONTROL SO MUCH THAT AN INDIVIDUALS RIGHT TO VOTE ON AN ISSUE THAT COULD HAVE BROUGHT AN AMPLE AND MUCH NEEDED REVENUE TO THE STATE OF ALABAMA. MAYBE THE INDIAN CASINOS CAN STOP PAYING RILEY AND START PAYING THE STATE OF ALABAMA
  • by jasonm Location: dothan on Apr 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    first off i'd like to say i'm sorry to all the cc employees out of work. 2 weeks ago i would be sad that this has happened but now i can say i'm not. after 6 long years i've admitted to myself and my family that i am a compulsive gambler. my family has nearly been destroyed by my actions from gambling. my wife doesn't know if she wants to be with me anymore from all the lies i've told about money. i never spent anytime with my wife or kids because i'd be in shorter, atmore, or country crossings. i am going to ga meetings now and hope that i can stop. to my wife and kids i'm sorry for my actions. i love you with all my heart. and if i have the chance to make it up to you and you give me the chance i will.
  • by joseph Location: ashford on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    This is just another area in which the state of alabama is screwing over hard working people to profit themselves. Did you see all of Gov. Riley's wife's cheesy bling. Thank you indian casinos for keeping Gov. Riley and his misses living in luxury while the true alabama people have their right to vote taken from them. Ya'll Suck!
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