MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Troy King says he's turning over all bingo matters to Gov. Bob Riley.
King announced the decision Monday because the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that King couldn't take over the legal work of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling. The ruling Friday was a victory for the governor in his effort to shut down electronic bingo casinos.
King says he's disappointed in the Supreme Court's ruling because it reversed past decisions by the court. He says the state constitution requires that he abide by the court's decision and he will.
Here's his entire statement:
The Alabama Supreme Court has now spoken. I am obviously disappointed with the decision. The court reversed its own past decisions and even the decisions of those who wrote the Constitution. The implications of the Court's decision reach far beyond the issue of bingo.
My position from the very beginning has been that the Court should determine the legality of electronic bingo. Even though I disagree with a public policy that allows gambling, I have been proud throughout this process to stand up for the true rule of law and for all Alabamians. The Constitution requires that I abide by the Court's decision and I will. Accordingly, the Office of the Attorney General will immediately turn over to the Governor all bingo matters.
I will turn all my energy and focus to the important work for our State and its citizens - holding to account those responsible for destroying our Gulf; prosecuting rapists, murderers, and child predators; protecting Alabama's families and children; and returning Alabamians to work by ensuring that Alabama remains a good place to do business.