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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) –   The bingo back and forth continued Thursday.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King told a republican group he's not backing down from plans to take over the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.

King told a group in Dothan no matter what anyone says he is in charge of the governor's task force and will take the leading role in the state's crack down on electronic bingo.

"I meant it when I said it, I'm asserting the authority of the Attorney General's office and I don't intend to let anybody interfere with that," said King.

King says he didn't want it to reach this point but that he's still planning to take this issue to the courts.

"Until the Supreme Court of Alabama tells me the attorney general has no role to play, I'm going to move forward, I've given directions and I expect them to be followed," added King.

The Governor says the task force answers to him and released a statement saying King's actions are allowing casinos to reopen their doors.

His Communication Director Jeff Emerson said in a statement that, "It's clear to see the casino bosses are pulling hard for Troy King to win this battle.  They've admitted it.  Not even Troy King can deny that."

King says he's tried patiently to bring civility to the bingo fight but the Governor has left him no other alternative.

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