Ordinance to change minimum number of bingo machines fails

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - An ordinance to change the minimum number of electronic bingo machines in Birmingham has failed.

All city councilors voted "no" to change the minimum from 500 machines to 1,000 for each electronic bingo establishment.

City councilors approved the original bingo ordinance a couple months ago.

Mayor Larry Langford wanted to raise the minimum number of machines allowed to make sure the operations did not pop up on every street corner.

The next step will be to start issuing permits for the electronic bingo operations to open up shop.