BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A candidate for governor who opposes gambling says a statewide vote should be held to resolve the issue.
State Treasurer Kay Ivey is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
Monday morning on Good Day Alabama, Ivey called for a simply worded referendum: "Do you support the legalization of casino gambling, yes or no?"
Ivey says the current legal and legislative battle over e-bingo in the state has been distracting. She believes if a simple referendum passed, it would be followed up by a vote to detail how gambling would operate in the state.
The Republican says the current bills before lawmakers are not in the best interest of the public. "The bills they've been pushing are purely monopolies for a favored few and that is wrong as it can be," says Ivey. "Do not give the people a poor piece of public policy to make a decision on."
Ivey is running for governor after being elected to two terms as state treasurer.
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