By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State Sen. Roger Bedford has rewritten
his bill to tax and regulate electronic bingo, and he will make a
second attempt to pass it in the closing days of the legislative

The Legislature returns to Montgomery on Tuesday to begin its
last 10 meeting days.

Bedford says critics had complained that his original 43-page
bill was too complicated. His new bill is eight pages. Many of the
details that were in his original bill, including specifying 10
sites for electronic bingo casinos, are left out of his new bill.
His proposed constitutional amendment would set minimum tax levels
for electronic bingo and set up a state regulatory commission.

If the Legislature and Alabama voters were to approve the
proposal, then it specifies that the Legislature would meet in a
special session in January to work out the details.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by martha Location: enterprise,al. on Mar 31, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    i got my state income tax filed was told by cpa [state] of alabama is broke, may be late summer before i get my refund of $500.00 or if i will get it even then.should i expect intrest and penaltys with my money.the gov.says bingo wii be bad for al.even though it will generate millions of dollars for the state of al.what are the chances that the people of al. will vote for the bingo.can mr.gilly and his backers can wait till see if is voted in. rumors are c.c. is going to can montgomery bingo and the dog tracks stay open and houston co.cannot open?is bob riley and tyson trying to pull one over on us?HOW CAN THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS?
  • by James Location: Dothan on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:18 AM
    I am glad that Senator Bedford is trying again to give us a chance to vote on this issue. I also want to thank Senator Harrie Ann Smith for her yes vote even though she is not a fan of gambling.
  • by Elaine on Mar 22, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    My deepest gratitude to Senator Bedford for being a true voice for the people of this state.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    Thank you Senator Bedford for not giving up, you're the GREATEST!!!!!!
  • by Liberty&Justice4All on Mar 22, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    I know two people that will have my vote come November, Troy King & Roger Bedford. Thank you both for proving somebody still believes in LIBERTY & JUSTICE for all.
  • by Really!!! on Mar 22, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    CANDACE,do you have any facts to back up your statement? If you do, please share. I doubt very seriously that Mr. Gilley had anything to do with the bill, being the bingo establishments are going to be taxed out the yin yang if allowed to open and/or reopen. I applaud Senator Bedford for his efforts in trying to get a bill passed that will allow the people of this state to be permitted to vote on this issue & should it pass in favor of bingo, it will be taxed & regulated,as it should be. I wish we had a few hundred more senator's like Bedford. Thank you Senator Bedford for not giving up your fight for 'We the People' to have our voices heard.
  • by Candace on Mar 22, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    gilley wrote this bill not Bedford. gilley has been able to buy a lot of people...Don't be stupid people....this will always be for them and not for the good of this State!
  • by Debbie Location: Samson, AL on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    I think that the groverment should let us have the bingo in AL because all the money is going to FL. I am for the Country Crossings!!!!!!!
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