MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Debate on a bill to regulate, tax and legalize electronic bingo games in Alabama has been delayed until at least next Wednesday. That's the next-to-last day of the 2010 regular session.
The proposed constitutional amendment has passed the Senate and there had been speculation it would come up for debate in the House Wednesday. But the House sponsor, Democratic Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia, said supporters wanted to spend the weekend "explaining the bill" to legislators and hope to put it on the House work agenda for next Wednesday.
Black said he is optimistic that supporters will have the 63 votes needed to pass the bill, which has dominate the session. Opponents say they don't believe supporters have the votes.