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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bentley disbands gambling task force


In his first order as governor, Robert Bentley on Tuesday disbanded the Task Force on Illegal Gambling created by his predecessor.
Bentley, the Republican governor in his first full day in office, signed two executive orders including one dismantling the task force. He promised during the campaign to do away with the task force.
Bentley has handed over legal issues and cases related to gaming in the state to Attorney General Luther Strange.
Gov. Bob Riley created the task force, which essentially shut down all non-Indian gaming facilities in the state, after repeatedly disagreeing with then-Attorney General Troy King on legal issues related to gaming.
When asked if he thought dismantling the task force was a sign for the casinos to reopen, Bentley said "on my part it is not a sign and on the attorney general's part it is not a sign."
Bentley had expressed concerns about the use of state troopers to raid the facilities.
Bentley and Strange were sworn into office on Monday.
Riley said he was simply enforcing the laws of the state.
Bentley signed another order directing all state agencies, commissions and departments to include job creation as an objective.
People can comment below on the dismantling of the task force.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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