Etowah County Commission votes on electronic bingo guidelines

ETOWAH CO., AL (WBRC) - Etowah County Commissioners voted this morning in a special meeting today to make county bingo rules line up with the guidelines issued by the State Supreme Court.

Paper bingo has been legal in the county for years, but there is a lawsuit pending in court to determine whether the guidelines for paper bingo apply to electronic bingo.  Etowah County Sheriff, Todd Entrekin, requested that the guidelines be reviewed.

The decision is a major one because a development near Attalla centers around electronic bingo and could bring 2,000 jobs once it's finished.

The vote by the county commission sets up for a dig decision from Circuit Court Judge Allen Millican.  Two of the machines to be used in Attalla will be brought into the courtroom for a hearing March 3rd.  Judge Millican will ultimately make the decision on whether the machines are legal.