County Reacts to Senator Smith's Statement

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

State Senator Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb decided to end her fight to put electronic bingo on the November ballot.

The decision came as a shock to some Wiregrass residents.

Senator Smith says she changed her mind after hearing from Houston County residents who support the Country Crossing project as is.

As you can imagine, some residents are shocked while others are relieved.

At a press conference held Monday afternoon, Senator Smith revealed some big news. "I have today contacted the Senate committee chairman and asked that my bill be stopped, permanently."

Her efforts to allow residents of Houston County to vote on electronic bingo have died down.

Several citizens who support the Country Crossing project let their voice be heard.

Tim Hawkins said, "She did the right thing. We contacted her and many other citizens did too. We appreciate it.”

Debbie Trueblood added, "I was so surprised and so pleased."

However, citizens who don't approve of electronic bingo are not.

Pastor Steve Trail said, "I feel strongly that it is going to affect our quality of life. I believe people do need the opportunity to vote on this."

City officials who support Country Crossing say they are happy there is one less thing standing in the way of the project.

Houston Co. Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, "We were glad to hear the news that the legislation has been pulled, and we really thank senator smith for making this positive remark obviously she heard the citizens of houston county and we commend her for taking action."

Culver says he hopes Senator Smith's action sets the precedent for Representative Benjamin Lewis to do the same by backing down on his bill.

News 4 tried contacting Representative Lewis for his reaction, but he was unavailable.

At last report, his companion bill is awaiting action in a House committee.

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