FBI investigating Alabama Senate bingo bill vote
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted Alabama lawmakers, stating their intentions to begin an investigation pertaining to recent action taken by the Legislature. The probe is now underway to see if any members of the Alabama State Senate had been offered any incentive in exchange for supporting votes for the electronic bingo bill. The investigation began when the chamber passed the bill on March 30, 2010. According to Marcel Black House sponsor of the bill, referring to the investigation, "I don't think it should stop this bill getting to the people."
Also, Governor of Alabama Bob Riley, who is opposed the measure, denied that he had anything to do with the FBI investigation. Riley stated, "It really is somewhat silly to say the governor's office would have any influence or control of an FBI investigation." Zeb Little disagreed, stating, "The governor is using everything in the book to deny the people the right to vote."