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Bingo Plan Dies in Alabama Legislature

19 May 2004

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- As reported by the Associated Press: ``A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize electronic bingo games with unlimited cash prizes died on the final day of the 2004 regular session of the Alabama Legislature.

``The bill passed the Senate earlier, but was still pending in the House when the session ended Monday night. House Speaker Seth Hammett said it was not included on the work agenda Monday for fear that gambling opponents would have filibustered and killed the state General Fund budget.

``The bill was named 'Bingo for Beds and Books' and was expected to raise about $100 million a year for public school textbooks and to pay for Medicaid-funded nursing home beds.

``...The bill's sponsor, Sen. Gerald Dial, D-Lineville, said the Legislature could have avoided some of the taxes that were passed to balance the General Fund budget if the bingo amendment had passed..."

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