Newly appointed Commander John Tyson made the comments, which are contradictory to Gov. Bob Riley's position on gambling, during a press conference Friday. The governor has maintained that there is no need to have a state wide vote about gambling.
He has said repeatedly that the people decided when they outlawed gambling in the state's Constitution and when they voted down a constitutional amendment that would have permitted a state lottery.
Tyson said that under current law electronic bingo is illegal in Alabama and that he intended to do what the governor has asked him to do and enforce it. But he "welcomed" the people of Alabama to change the law if that was their desire. Does anybody see those comments coming to a "Sweet Home Alabama" commercial near you very soon?
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks