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Task Force torn down; cases continue "without interruption"

Gov. Bentley signs Executive Order 1 bringing an end to the Task Force Gov. Bentley signs Executive Order 1 bringing an end to the Task Force

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley used his first day in office to keep a campaign promise to terminate the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, which was started by former Gov. Bob Riley two years ago.

Bentley signed an executive order, Executive Order 1, abolishing the task force Tuesday morning at the Capitol.

Bentley said he and the new attorney general, Luther Strange, are working together and he's turning over all the task force's court cases to Strange.

Strange said the Task Force was no longer necessary because Strange will work with other executive branch officials to enforce the state's gambling laws.

The cases pending prior to Bentley and Strange's inauguration will continue "without interrupion" under Strange's control.

Riley's task force used raids and court decisions to close electronic bingo casinos in Dothan, White Hall, Shorter and other towns. Bentley said his execution order is not a signal on his part or the attorney general's part that the casinos can reopen. 

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