DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – Country Crossing developers are optimistic about the future of a bingo bill passing the state legislature this session.
With the Senate passing a bill that would let voters decide the issue at the polls developers say it's a sign lawmakers are listening to the people.
"It's something we've been hoping for, and working hard for, and this was the first step in the right direction for our project and the citizens of Alabama," says Doug Rainer, spokesperson for Country Crossing.
Country Crossing closed its doors over two months ago to avoid a raid by the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling leaving hundreds of employees out of a job.
Developers say they're hoping relief comes out of Montgomery.
"There is definitely a sense of urgency here we have a few days left in session but we are excited to know we are making progress in the right steps in the right direction to have this vote in November," says Rainer.
However, Governor Riley says this bill isn't what the state needs. He say's "The bill isn't about gambling. It's about corruption. This is the most corrupt piece of legislation ever considered by the senate."
Riley is concerned the bill will give too much power to the gambling bosses.
The bill now goes to the house where debate could begin as early as next week.
Attorneys for Country Crossing continue to evaluate legal remedies that will allow the center to reopen without the threat of another raid.