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Alabama Allows Unlimited Cash Payouts

14 March 2003

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – As reported by the Associated Press: "A bill to allow unlimited cash prizes from video gaming machines at Alabama's four greyhound racetracks cleared a House committee Wednesday, despite warnings from opponents that the machines are illegal.

"The bill, by Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, would allow cash prizes from the video gaming machines that are already operating at the tracks. It also calls for the state to tax the machines, which Knight has said would bring up to $15 million into the cash-strapped General Fund.

"…Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, stood in for Knight at the hearing and said the bill was needed so the tracks can compete with Indian gaming centers in Wetumpka, Montgomery and Atmore. He said anyone who is concerned about gambling coming into the state should visit the gaming centers on Indian lands, where the machines give unlimited cash prizes.

"…Some of the revenue from the four greyhound tracks in Macon, Mobile, Greene and Jefferson counties goes to support charities in those areas…"

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