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Ala. Sen. To Bring Up Bingo Bill Tuesday

Montgomery, AL – The chairman of the state Senate's Rules Committee says the Senate won't take up electronic bingo legislation until Tuesday.

Committee Chairman Lowell Barron said the Senate was required by state law to address on Thursday the routine bills that continue the existence of several state agencies and boards. He said the Rules Committee will put the bingo legislation atop the Senate's work agenda Tuesday, which is the next meeting day.

The Democrat from Fyffe said the Senate plans to meet three days next week, instead of the normal two-day schedule, to try to pass the bill.

The bill would allow electronic bingo casinos in 10 locations and would tax and regulate them. Barron said negotiations are still going on about the bill, including whether to add more locations, but he predicts it will get the necessary 21 votes to pass next week.

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