Ala. legislative official turns over bingo files

The leader of the office that helps Alabama legislators write bills says he's turned over all his
records about recent gambling legislation to a federal grand jury.

The director of the Legislative Reference Service, Jerry Bassett, told a legislative committee Wednesday that he received a subpoena for his records. Bassett initially refused on grounds the records were privileged, but a federal judge ordered him to provide
the records last week.

Bassett said he turned over drafts of bills, correspondence, e-mails, phone messages and other records.

The federal grand jury has been investigating possible vote buying involving a bill to legalize electronic bingo. The bill's sponsor, state Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville, says he's had no
contact with the grand jury.

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