Electronic bingo bill likely to surface in Legislature

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Electronic bingo bill likely to surface in Legislature

By BOB JOHNSON,
AP
Posted: 2008-02-18 13:34:24
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An old contentious issue - gambling - may resurface in the Alabama Legislature as a way to pay for medical services for the poor and elderly.

Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, said he expects to introduce a bill to legalize high-stake electronic bingo games at greyhound race tracks in Birmingham and Mobile, with tax revenue going to Alabama's cash-strapped Medicaid Agency. Medicaid officials have said they need $150 million more than last year's budget to fund the agency in the next fiscal year, even though lawmakers say they may have to cut spending for other agencies.

If introduced, the electronic bingo bill is expected to generate heated opposition from gambling opponents.


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