Controversies, doubts surround Alabama bingo bill
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: The Alabama bingo bill, an issue that has plagued the state for most of this year, is facing more obstacles this week as legislative session winds down. As of April 19, 2010, the measure seemed to be short of a few votes in the House, according to some reports. As the House debate nears, many are doubting the strength of support the bill has in the chamber. The House had planned to debate the bill on April 21, 2010, which is the penultimate day of the legislative session.
In addition to that hurdle, a resolution has also been filed with the Alabama Supreme Court by Representative Mike Ball, who stated that the bill was improperly voted upon in the senate. According to the resolution, the bill would not have made it out of the senate chamber without the vote of Senator Henry Sanders, who Ball claims has a conflict of interest. Ball's resolution accuses Sanders of revealing in television interviews that his law firm represents a group hoping to open and operate bingo in an Alabama county.
These issues have come even after the Federal Bureau of Investigation began a probe into whether or not any members of the Alabama State Senate had been offered any incentive in exchange for supporting votes for the bill.