Birmingham City Council pulls plug on electronic bingo ordinance

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham's electronic bingo fight has played out. Council members agree recent court rulings, and the uncertain legal status of the games leave them no choice but to pull the plug on an ordinance allowing the games. The council  repealed the ordinance Tuesday.

City Council President Carole Smitherman remarked that "this ought to be our first issue because we see how much revenue we have lost. We've lost tons of revenue as well as in some minds made just a complete mockery of the system and the whole voting process."

Council members did approve an ordinance Tuesday that allows paper bingo to continue.