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Friday, January 29, 2010

Say What?!

In a press conference regarding early morning attempts to raid bingo halls in Shorter and Dothan, the new commander of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling said that he invited the people of Alabama to change the laws regarding gambling if they wanted to do so.

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

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is off the subject, but what about the State taking 2.6 million dollars from the Board of Nursing. This is double taxing all nurses in the State of Alabama. The big deal is that no one wants to own up to the crazy ideal, because its an election year and nurses do vote!

January 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People seem to be confused. There are two debates going on here: 1) Whether gambling IS currently legal in Alabama, and 2) whether it SHOULD be. Tyson agrees with Riley on 1, but not necessarily 2, it seems.

January 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

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