Alabama Senate delaying electronic bingo bill

Proponents of electronic bingo legislation have decided to delay consideration because they are short of votes.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Lowell Barron had originally planned to put electronic bingo legislation on the Senate's work agenda Tuesday. But he said negotiations are still going on about possible changes in the bill, and one vote that proponents are counting on is absent. That's Democratic Sen. Kim Benefield, whose husband is in the hospital.

Barron said he's unsure when the Senate might take up the bingo bill. The bill is a constitutional amendment that would allow electronic bingo casinos in 10 locations. It would also tax and regulate the games.

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