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Monday, March 30, 2009

Bingo bill up again in Senate committee

The Tourism and Marketing Committee of the Alabama Senate will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the State House and members are expected to vote on a bill that would allow electronic bingo at points of destination in the state, tax it and set up a commission to regulate it.
The committee was scheduled to vote on the bill a week earlier, but Democratic senators including the sponsor, Quinton Ross of Montgomery, said work continued on the bill. Ross said there are currently nine "points of destination" in the bill which dictates which cities and counties can have an establishment, but the senator said people want more.
The bill, like most gambling issues in Alabama, has been controversial. Many conservatives are speaking out against the legislation, stating it would expand gambling in the state. They also said there is a social cost.
Proponents, with help from country music stars, have said the bill would stop the expansion of gambling and would bring about $200 million in revenue into the state to fund education and health care.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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