Ala. senator: 'certain offers' led to bingo probe

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Republican state senator says the probe into possible corruption concerning the electronic bingo bill began after he alerted authorities that offers had been made to him prior to the Alabama Senate's vote on the measure.

State Sen. Steve French of Birmingham, who opposed the bill, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the offers appeared inappropriate to him and he told authorities about them. He declined to give details on the offers or elaborate because of the ongoing investigation.

After the Senate approved the bill on March 30, key legislators were told that a probe was under way into possible corruption by supporters of the bill.

Another legislator said Saturday that a federal grand jury is set to take testimony May 4 in Montgomery in connection with the investigation.

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