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Bingo's number not called as bill dies in Alabama legislative session
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: Alabama will have to wait until next session for the bingo issue to be discussed, as state lawmakers adjourned on April 21, 2010 without any action on the proposed bingo bill that was being considered. The bill needed a final vote from the Alabama House of Representatives in order to be placed on the ballot, a vote that never took place on the last day of session. The bill has been the center of attention in 2010, with rallies being held for both sides of the argument, multiple bill versions being introduced by legislators, an FBI investigation and casino raids being conducted by a task force headed by Governor Bob Riley.
The bill that was being considered by the legislature was being sponsored by Roger Bedford. If sent to the ballot, the measure would have asked voters whether or not to tax and regulate bingo in the state. The bill reached a milestone on March 31, 2010 after the Senate approved the bill with a vote of 21-13. The House Tourism and Travel committee then had the bill placed before them, but decided to delay a decision on the bill, making it unclear if the proposal would be voted on by the House. The bill was then approved by the committee on April 13, 2010, paving the way for the bill to be voted on by the Alabama House of Representatives.