Massive Gambling Pitch Made By Alabama Representative
The state of Alabama is gearing up for quite a battle when it comes to gambling expansion. The two sides of the argument will be fighting over the same thing, but from different angles.
There are already many unlicensed bingo halls throughout the state that are run by some extremely prominent people. These people will be arguing against a constitutional amendment that has been proposed to legalize electronic bingo in the state.
If the amendment passes, it would be the end of the current bingo halls that are using loopholes in the law to stay open and free from prosecution. Representative Marcel Black understands what these bingo halls are doing, and he wants the money coming to the state.
If approved, it is estimated that $200 million a year would be made by the state. That is money that would go towards Medicaid and the Alabama education system. Black knows that the opposition will come from more than just the current bingo hall owners.
Church groups have already criticized the plan for bringing more gambling to the state. They claim that this is just the beginning, and, if approved, would lead to full scale casino gambling.
They are correct in that assumption based off of other states that started down the gambling track. Many states have started small and ended up with casino resorts. Those states are, however, profiting greatly from the gambling decisions they have made.
If approved by lawmakers, the amendment that Black has proposed would still have to be voted on by residents of Alabama. They must approve the proposed law with a majority for it to take affect.
March 6, 2009
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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