Bingo Battle: Showdown at the Statehouse

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- A showdown over electronic bingo in Alabama is set for Tuesday.

The highly anticipated debate over the "Sweet Home Alabama" legislation could get underway in the state senate. The measure would allow voters to decide whether to legalize electronic bingo. It would also create a statewide gaming commission, limit gambling to ten locations, and tax gaming proceeds. But, before the people vote on it 21 senators have to vote yes.

Hoping to sway lawmakers one way or another, hundreds of supporters and opponents are planning big rallies at the statehouse.

The Alabama Citizens Action Program and Citizens for a Better Alabama are holding an anti-gambling rally.  Governor Bob Riley is scheduled to speak at the 12:30 PM event.

Then at 2:00 PM, The other side will have its turn with a "Let The People Vote Rally." Hundreds of now unemployed workers from Macon County's Victoryland, Houston County's Country Crossing and other facilities around the state will urge senators to pass the bill.

You can track the latest on the gambling bill anytime on our Inside the Legislature Blog.