E-bingo task force to move to AG's office

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - Governor-elect Robert Bentley announced Wednesday that that Governor Bob Riley's task force on illegal electronic gambling would transfer to the attorney general's office once he takes office.

"The people of Alabama have elected me to enforce the laws of this great state," Attorney General-elect Luther Strange said in a statement. "I intend to enforce the rule of law as it is written and in strict accordance with the decisions of the Alabama Supreme Court."

Despite warnings and possible legal repercussions, Jim Stephens, an attorney who has represented electronic bingo facilities in Jefferson and Walker Counties, thinks some bingo hall owners will take the risk and open.

"I get the phone calls. People are planning on opening. Whether they are opening or not, they are spending a lot of money to do it," Stephens said.

In the past, Stephens says the governor's task force has simply seized machines, however he believes now people could be arrested.

"I think this time it's going to be a more serious violation."

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