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Sen. Harri Anne Smith Pulls Bingo Bill

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."


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  • by Tim Location: Dothan on Apr 16, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    The "Moral Majority" were not aware that we needed to continue to push the issue. Of course we didn't call or write, the democratic thing to do was going to happen "VOTE". I will never vote for Harri Anne Smith again.
  • by Voter Location: Dothan on Apr 16, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    I agree Senator Smith has either changed her mind because pressure has been put on her by other officials whose pockets are lined with greed or her own. If this is truly what the people want.. why not use the vehicle that is put in place to show what the people want.. THE VOTE! Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
  • by Voter Location: Dothan on Apr 15, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    There must be money in it for Senator Smith to change her mind just like that. The people don't matter, it is what she has to gain from it. I bet her bank will be involved in some way. I still will not vote for her no matter what. I would like to see Country Crossing in Dothan and I will support it. The only reason Culver wants it to come is because I'm sure he has investments in the land. It's nothing but pure greet not for the economic growth of Dothan. Dothan needs this.
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Apr 15, 2008 at 08:32 AM
    I can't believe that anyone would be opposed to electronic bingo (lol). Living in Alabama is like living in the Middle Ages. The same fools who opposed a lottery that would have provided scholarships for H/S students are the same fools opposed to bingo. They make Alabama the laughing stock of the nation. The Osama Bin Ladins of Christianity.
  • by Chris Location: Ozark on Apr 14, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    I am concerned that if elected to outgoing Congressman Everette's position she will take action on her own without truly taking into consideration the majority of her constituents. I was 100% behind her before she haphazardly introduced this bill but am now considering other candidates.
  • by Nick Location: Dothan on Apr 14, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    Thank goodness Senator Smith realized what the people really want, and what a great thing this is for the area!
  • by Incredulous Location: Dothan, AL on Apr 14, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    If you think this vote was about electronic bingo, you're wrong. She wrote it to only allow PAPER BINGO one day a week, 5 hours a day. NO OTHER KIND allowed.... you were duped. You had no say about electronic bingo.
  • by stanley Location: Enterprise on Apr 14, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    She was bought off like so many other elected officials.
  • by A Citizen on Apr 14, 2008 at 02:24 PM
    I didn't want my Voice to be heard or my VOTE to be counted anyway! It is just like the recent Tax issues in many wiregrass communities,the peoples opinion doesn't count and evidently their vote doesn't count either!
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