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Alabama Sheriffs Association Calls for Gaming Legislation

28 August 2001

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – August 28, 2001 –As reported by the (Alabama) Daily Mountain Eagle: "The Alabama Legislature needs to clarify the law on adult arcades and needs to tax the machines if the state is going to keep them, according to Bobby Timmons who is the executive director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association.

"…Thousands of gambling machines that pay out in gift certificates have been operated in Alabama under the so-called 'Chuck E. Cheese' law, which the Legislature enacted to allow children's games in restaurants.

"Since the 'Chuck E. Cheese' law was passed, numerous adult arcades have opened for business in Jasper and Walker County.

"…Sheriffs and district attorneys in several counties have cracked down on the machines, forcing adult arcades to close and other businesses to remove the machines. Others, like Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall, who joined Timmons at a news conference, are awaiting a definite ruling from the courts or action by the Legislature.

"Tirey said he and Jasper Police Chief Bobby Cain were among the group waiting for a definite ruling concerning the gambling machines in the adult arcades that have popped up all over the area.

"…`If a ruling is made, regardless of which way it goes, that's what we'll abide by,' Cain said. `There is nothing we can do about the situation right now and we are going to start referring phone calls to the Attorney General's office and to the State Legislature.'…"

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