Electronic Bingo Bill Progress

A bill calling for a vote on blocking electronic bingo in Houston County is making its way through the state legislature.

Tuesday, the measure sponsored by Senator Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb was sent to the Senate Tourism Committee.

That committee is supposed to meet Wednesday, but Senator Smith's bill is not scheduled to be discussed.

The measure calls for a public referendum on banning electronic bingo in Houston County, allowing bingo to be operated only by non-profit organizations and ear-marking all profits for charity.

A companion measure introduced by Representative Benjamin Lewis of Dothan is still awaiting action in a house committee.

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  • by Robert Location: Wicksburg on Apr 9, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    Sad, Sad, Sad. I thought we had something going here
  • by R.W. Location: Virginia on Apr 9, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    My husband and I are retiring to Houston Co next year and are watching this issue with interest. We totally support this project and look forward to the entertainment it could provide. We currently live in a state with lottery, off track betting, horse racing, and dog racing and are not addicted to gambling just because it's available. We make a decision to gamble or not every day along with all the other decisions we make. (This is real gambling, unlike electronic bingo!) This project will generate much needed revenue for Houston County and hundreds of jobs for its citizens. The people who are against this project because of gambling are not concerned with the economic state of the county and it's citizens. They are more interested in censoring behavior they do not find acceptable. We believe the people of Houston County are capable of deciding whether or not they should play bingo and don't need anyone telling them what they can or can't do. If you don't approve, don't go.
  • by C.A. Location: Ozark on Apr 9, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    Ms. Smith's actions with regard to the Bingo Bill are simply unimaginable to me. This issue has already been decided upon, and I sincerely hope that there is an opening for a law suit. I grew up in this area and returned recently due to family obilgations. Sad to say, some communities are determined NOT to progress; others have grown substancially. To see which areas want improvement and which do not all one needs to do is drive and look. Ms. Smith is yet another sad example of a person in office who is more interested in sucking up to a few at the expense of many. Hopefully, she will go back where she came from after her term is up. This situation absolutely disgusts me--my family and I will move as soon as my current situation will allow.
  • by J.S. Location: SLOCOMB on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    Harrianne has lost my vote. I would do just about anything to keep her out of Slocomb, but enough is enough. Rest assured it is not her "moral compass" that is in play here. If she fails, everyone who utilizes the bingo (I will not by the way) should refuse to place any winnings in her bank! She does not voice objections to nude bars, alcohol on Sunday's and somehow believes she has the right to question a previous decision made by voters. Mark my words folks, if it goes through and opens, she will take advantage of the photo op and claim she has supported everything from the beginning!!!
  • by Joe & Helen Hutchinson Location: Slocomb on Apr 8, 2008 at 06:42 PM
    I can't believe the narrow minded here,as bad as we need this.Dothan will never have anything.
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