Forecast: Gambling a dead issue in Alabama in 2011

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gambling may be a dead issue for the Alabama Legislature in 2011 after dominating the state's political landscape in 2010.

Two Democratic legislators who sponsored the gambling legislation in 2010 won't be in leadership positions in the new Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011. State Sen. Roger Bedford and Rep. Marcel Black say they have no plans to try again with a gambling bill.

Republican Gov.-elect Robert Bentley says he doesn't expect anyone to try to pass a gambling bill because the legislative session next year will coincide with the trial of 11 people accused of buying and selling votes on a pro-gambling bill.

Bentley says no legislator will want to discuss gambling once the trial starts in April.

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