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Bentley To Turn Over Gambling Task Force To AG

Montgomery, AL – Gov.-elect Robert Bentley says he will turn over the work of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling to the Alabama attorney general's office when he takes office on Jan. 17.

Bentley and incoming Attorney General Luther Strange said in a joint release Wednesday that they would work to enforce Alabama's laws against illegal gambling.

Strange says his office will take over the work of the task force first established by Gov. Bob Riley. He says he will enforce recent Supreme Court rulings that led to the closing of electronic bingo facilities across the state.

Strange says owners of closed casinos shouldn't interpret the dismantling of the governor's task force to mean they can reopen.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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