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Governor Bentley Visits Henry County

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

ABBEVILLE, AL--Every week Governor Robert Bentley picks a different place to visit. This week it's Henry County.

"This is a listening tour more than it is anything else," said Bentley.

Governor Bentley says his main focus to recover the economy is through job creation.

"One of the most important things is to try to create jobs, what we do is we go into an area and i try to find out what the problems are and what industries are needed," added Bentley.

He says there's already a few prospects for area cities.

"New companies that i've talked to recently that are looking seriously at Dothan," explained Gov. Bentley.

As well as Abbeville, since textile plants have closed.

"When i was in Europe recently they said we want to go to areas where the textile industry has closed down because they are specially trained people. said Bentley, so these are the type of industries that we're looking at right now."

When asked about the possible job loss in dothan at center stage Governor Bentley said it's an unfortunate situation but the law is the law.

"I do believe that the court should decide whether or not the machines in an establishment are legal or not legal," added Gov. Bentley.

Bentley says if the people of Alabama want to vote on the issue of gambling he's fine with that but the legislature still has to pass it.

"Since all the trials and things going on related to gambling there has not been an appetite in the legislature to do anything related to gambling and so I don't see it even right now," said Gov. Bentley.

So the uncertainty surrounding electronic bingo in Alabama may be far from over.

Bentley went on to say he has talked to legislatures behind the scenes just to see if they're thinking about making any changes to gambling in the state and he says so far it doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon.

Governor Bentley also stopped at Great Southern Wood in Abbeville to meet with residents and local leaders.


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