District attorneys want to hear from AG Strange on e-bingo

BESSEMER (WBRC) - The Jefferson County District Attorney in the Bessemer Cutoff and the Mayor of Bessemer want to hear from new Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange about electronic bingo.

Last year the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling shut down bingo casinos across the state. However, with Governor Robert Bentley and Strange taking office, there is a concern bingo halls will be reopening.

"The majority certainly want to play it. It's not fair they can do it if you got people across the state in bigger places playing," said Arthur Green, the Jefferson County DA for the Bessemer district.

Green believes officials in Greene County will push to reopen GreeneTrack. Across the street at Bessemer City Hall, Mayor Kenneth Gulley says the city is looking at a possible new ordinance for electronic bingo.

"As far as a bingo ordinance, I've asked the city attorney to look at other ordinances. We have to sit down with the city council to see if they want bingo in the city," Gulley said.

Both Green and Gulley are looking at Strange to give them clear direction on the issue.

"All the DA's I think are awaiting direction from the Attorney General's office. We are kind of getting mix signals," Green said.

Strange has said earlier he plans to up hold state laws and Supreme Court rulings about electronic bingo; Strange plans to enforce those laws against electronic gaming.

Still a lot of folks want Strange to clearly state what is legal or illegal when it comes to bingo because there is a lot of money on the line.

"We have to look at our options in this financial situation. We have to look at all options," Gulley said.

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