King to Discuss Gambling Task Force Today

bingoWhile Indian Tribal Land is not subject to local and state laws, so therefore have different restrictions as to the building and running casino gaming, the Governor of Alabama has set up a task force to try and stop the use of electronic bingo machines, which he believes are illegal slot machines.

MONTGOMERY — Attorney General Troy King’s office on Tuesday said he will react to Gov. Bob Riley’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling at a news conference today, and the speculation is he plans to intervene.

King spokesman Chris Bence said the subject of the noon news conference will be Riley’s “gambling task force.”

The Mobile Press Register quotes a source in King’s office saying King could intervene in the task force.

“I cannot dispute the accuracy of the story,” Bence said, adding the story said “could” and not “would.” Bence said details of the news conference were “still being discussed” internally Tuesday.

Riley spokesman Todd Stacy said he did not know whether King has discussed his plans with Riley.

“Troy King’s close relationship with gambling bosses has destroyed any credibility he might have had on this issue,” Stacy said.

Stacy said Riley has a jobs news conference 30 minutes before King’s scheduled news conference in a different Capitol Complex building.

“They’ve found time to kill charter schools, kill educator ethics, spent weeks on a road bill when the real issue is getting the economy started,” Stacy said of the Legislature that is in session.

Riley and King have different views on electronic bingo in Alabama.

Riley believes the electronic machines at non-Indian tribal casinos are illegal slot machines. Indian tribal casinos are not subject to state jurisdiction. King said previously that bingo would be legal if it is operated under terms of local constitutional amendments.

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