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Alabama senator changes stance on gambling

10 November 2008

GREENE COUNTY, Alabama -- As reported by the Tuscaloosa News: "A state senator who blocked legislation to change the rules for bingo in Greene County and had spoken out against gambling's influence in Alabama, is now the attorney for a group planning to open a gambling hall that would compete with nearby Greenetrack.

"Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, is the legal counsel for the Eatman School Alumni Association, which announced in September that it had obtained a bingo license from the Greene County sheriff.

"Alumni association president James Morrow said the group hopes other non-profit groups will join them to establish a new Greene County bingo parlor.

"Morrow said he's most interested in opening on the site adjacent to the Cotton Patch restaurant, where construction has begun on a new building on the 30-plus acres of land now owned by Sidetrack, LLC.

"...Sanders broke with Senate protocol earlier this year by blocking a bill that would have changed the rules for bingo in Greene County. Ordinarily, legislators do not interfere with local bills outside their district if the local legislative delegation is united..."

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