Bingo sponsor increases tax to garner support

The sponsor of legislation to tax, regulate and expand electronic bingo says he's raised the tax rate in his bill and is making other changes to garner support.

Democratic state Sen. Roger Bedford says he's very close to having the 21 votes necessary to pass his bill in the Senate and hopes the Senate will begin debate soon.

An opponent, Republican Sen. Del Marsh, says Bedford is still short of votes and he's optimistic the bill will fail.

Supporters of electronic bingo are planning a march Saturday in Montgomery.

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