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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met until 5:00pm Wednesday to discuss Macon County gaming center VictoryLand's contested liquor license.

VictoryLand re-applied for the license earlier this year after it suspended its own license several years ago in an attempt to block a raid on the gaming facility.

Attorney General Luther Strange filed an 89 page protest claiming that VictoryLand "has a history of violating Alabama's laws against illegal gambling" and therefore should not be granted a license.

Wednesday morning, state Senator Billy Beasley delivered a letter to AG Strange asking him to withdraw his contest of the license.

VictoryLand attorney Joe Espy says the machines at VictoryLand are legal and called Strange's actions a "political ploy."

As a result of the protest, VictoryLand re-opened on December 18 without a license to sell liquor.

Now the state ABC regulatory board will listen to AG Strange's complaint as well as VictoryLand's case.

The meeting ran like a typical court hearing. Board members say a final ruling is expected within 15 days. 

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