Several charities apply for electronic bingo permits

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham's city council could clear the way for a wave of new electronic bingo locations in the city.
    
Fifteen charities are requesting permits to open electronic bingo operations at 18 different sites around Birmingham. Charities applying for a permit include the Elks Lodge number 79, Kid One Transport and Alabamians for Education.

On Monday, a federal judge ruled an electronic bingo machine in Madison County is actually a slot machine and violates state law.

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls has warned bingo operators that even if they have a permit from the city, the machines they could still be considered illegal. He reserves the right to shut them down if he believes they are violating the law.