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Alabama Governor, AG Want Gambling Machine Ban

8 February 2006

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – As reported by the Birmingham News: "Gov. Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King said Tuesday they want a constitutional amendment to abolish the Las Vegas-like electronic gaming machines beeping at state dog tracks.

"Their proposal would prohibit the electronic sweepstakes games recently opened in Birmingham and the electronic bingo machines played at the dog tracks in Macon and Greene counties. The tracks could still have bingo, but they would be relegated to the old-fashioned variety, with cards.

"Riley and King said track owners are taking advantage of loopholes in state law, and most people never imagined roomfuls of machines for playing bingo or a promotional sweepstakes.

"…Riley and King announced the initiative in a press conference Tuesday at the Alabama Capitol…"

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