Birmingham, Ala. - Bill Armistead, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party issued the following statement in regards to today's actions by Attorney General Luther Strange:
"I applaud the actions taken by Attorney General Luther Strange and his office to once and for all rid our state of illegal gambling. Hopefully, the lawsuit that he has filed in the Circuit Court of Elmore County will result in clarification of what is legal and what is illegal gambling in Alabama. Once clarified I am certain that the Attorney General will enforce them to the letter of the law.
The gambling issue has been a cloud over the legislative process for years as efforts to expand gambling in Alabama has been on-going for decades. I know first hand how the gambling issue can cause the legislature to become dysfunctional since I served in the Senate for 8 years. Many good pieces of legislation that would benefit the hard working families have failed to pass over the years due to the persistence of the gambling industry in trying to expand in our State. Alabama voters have also expressed their opinion on gambling when they voted down Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery in 1999.
The Alabama Republican Party has on numerous occasions taken a public stance in opposition to expanded gaming in Alabama and supports the removal of all gambling enterprises in the state. Today General Strange has taken a large step forward for our state and bringing the gaming and gambling issue to a lawful conclusion once and for all in Alabama."