Bingo bill passes Alabama Senate
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: The much-debated electronic bingo bill reached a milestone on March 31, 2010 after the Alabama State Senate approved the proposal with a vote of 21-13. The bill now heads to the Alabama House of Representatives, where it must gain a similar vote in order to be placed on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Senators Jim Preuitt and Bobby Denton were formerly against the bill, originally proposed by Roger Bedford, but voted in favor of it this time due to the proposal being watered down. Senator Harri Anne Smith, one of two Republican senators to vote in favor, stated, "I just did what I felt was in the best interests of my constituents and the people of the state of Alabama to move this issue forward and let the people vote on the issue."