New Alabama Governor Ends Gambling Task Force

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley used his first day
in office to keep a campaign promise to terminate the Governor's
Task Force on Illegal Gambling, which was started by former Gov.
Bob Riley two years ago.

Bentley signed an executive order abolishing the task force
Tuesday morning at the Capitol.

Bentley said he and the new attorney general, Luther Strange,
are working together and he's turning over all the task force's
court cases to Strange.

Riley's task force used raids and court decisions to close
electronic bingo casinos in Dothan, White Hall, Shorter and other
towns. Bentley said his execution order is not a signal on his part
or the attorney general's part that the casinos can reopen.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Louis Location: Midland City on Jan 25, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    I am not a gambeler,but I am really satisfied to hear such good news. I really think that the state of Alabama should sped our tax dollars more wisely. If someone wants to gamble that is their right ! who is former gov. Riley to tell us how should we spend our money ? cudos to the new gov. and their staff ! to the folks who think their is illegal gambeling @ Country Crossing, don't you have more serious ajendas to worry about ?
  • by honest on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    Stephen must be one of Riley croneys.
  • by Joe on Jan 20, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    Stephen,I think the Gov. Bentley has said he will let them open if they pass the test of the 6 points the supreme court gave and if they had a constitution amendment they could reopen. You sound very Negative.
  • by Stephen Location: Hartford on Jan 18, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    He disolved the task force. This doesn't mean that he is going to allow Country Crossings to open and have illegal gambling. In fact, he made it very clear that the attorney general's office and other cabinet members (Dept. of Public Safety) would continue to enforce the law how it is written. This means that electronic bingo is clearly illegal and will remain illegal until the legislature allows a up or down vote on legalizing slots. Remember an up or down vote on electronic bingo was voted on just two years ago and the people voted it down by %68 majority. So don't get your hopes up. I am sure that in light of all the scandals surfacing, even more people will vote no this time. It may be as high as %75.
  • by Millie Moody Location: Dothan,Al on Jan 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Well hopefuly Country Crossings will be able to Re-open very soon and Put all those who lost their jobs back to work.
  • by william smith Location: samson a.l on Jan 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    I love the new gov i hate bob riley i never liked him
  • by James809 Location: Dothan on Jan 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    Well I see our govenor is starting off right.
  • by Sarah Location: Graceville on Jan 18, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    So, when will C.Crossing open up again??
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