Alabama bingo issue discussion slated for Tuesday

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March 1, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Lawmakers may debate the hot button issue of electronic bingo in the state on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, which has been the white elephant in this year's legislative session. The amendment allows bingo casinos in the state, albeit a limited number, and places taxes on revenue collected by those casinos. It was introduced by Representative Marcel Black.

According to the Rules Committee chairman Lowell Barron, the amendment could be placed on the agenda when the Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. According to Barron, “I expect it to be up, but exactly when we vote on it is up to the body. We'll give it time for debate and discussion and amendments, and it will kind of take its own course on the floor.” Barron has stated that the committee would not place the amendment for a vote unless he is confident that two-thirds of the Senate would approve of it. Barron now believes that the amendment does have the required number of votes, 21, to pass it to the Alabama House of Representatives for a vote of its own. If two-thirds of the House approve of the measure, it would be then sent to the November 2, 2010 ballot.[1][2]

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