Alabama Senator Harri Anne Smith has stopped a bill she sponsored in the state legislature that was designed to have the people of Houston County vote on the electronic bingo issue associated with the proposed Country Crossing development.
Senator Smith told reporters that she has talked to hundreds of people since she first introduced the bill, which would have put the electronic bingo issue on the ballot this coming November.
She says the residents of Houston County let her know in no uncertain terms what their opinions are.
Smith said, "The consensus is obvious to me; a majority of the people of Houston County clearly want the Country Crossing development to move forward because of what they believe it will mean to this area in terms of jobs and economic development. For that reason, I have today contacted the Senate Committee chairman and asked that my bill be stopped permanently."
There is no word yet about the fate of a similar bill sponsored by Representative Benjamin Lewis.
Statement by Senator Smith's
"I recenrtly introduced a bill in the state Senate which would have put the establishment of electronic bingo in Houston County on the ballot in Novemeber. I did this because I believe that when the citizens of any community face a political and moral issue of great significance they should have the opportunity to participate in that decision. I believe that then and I believe it now.
Since I introduced this bill I have heard from hundreds of people from all walks of life – in the newspaper, on the Internet, by phone, on radio and TV, and on the street. The good, solid citizens of our community have let me know in no uncertain terms how strongly they feel about this issue.
The consensus is obvious to me. A majority of the people of Houston County clearly want the Country Crossing development to move forward because of what they believe it will mean to this area in terms of jobs and economic development.
For that reason I have today contacted the Senate committee chairman and asked that my bill be stopped permanantly."