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Gaming Commission report draws response

On Dec. 18, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey released a report from the state’s Gaming Commission.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) released the following statements on the Governor’s Study Group on Gambling Policy report on gaming:

“I believe it is time to address this issue, and it appears the report from the Governor’s Gaming Commission supports that position. I have been working on a comprehensive piece of legislation that would create uniformity, establish a strong regulatory framework to govern gaming and begin collecting on hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue that is currently going to our neighboring states,” Marsh said. “I will continue to work with the Governor, House leadership and my Senate colleagues in an effort to let the people of Alabama vote on this topic.”

“This is an important issue to many Alabamians as well as to many of my colleagues in the Senate. Regardless of where one stands on the gaming issue, you have to recognize that Alabama has an inconsistent patchwork of laws and virtually no regulatory structure in place to deal with the gaming facilities operating here today,” Reed said. “I appreciate the Governor putting this group together to analyze this issue and will look forward to reviewing legislation that may come forward in the upcoming session.”