Gambling Bill

Gambling Bill Getting More Attention In Alabama Than Education

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A gambling Bill that was introduced by Senator Myron Penn, has brought to the forefront just how ugly the world of politics can get. The Bill has been stalled in the Senate for weeks, and is threatening to interfere with other issues.

The Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley, fears that if the gambling Bill issue is not resolved, the state runs the risk of the Bill getting in the way of other important issues.

There is a stalemate over the Bill, and it is causing the process of getting to the education budget, to slow down. “We’ve been debating a gambling bill since February and we’ll probably spend less than a day on our education budget, now that just doesn’t make sense,” said Riley.

The gambling Bill is also drawing attention to another problem that politicians have. They hold grudges. If their Bill’s are not passed, they then go on the offensive and take stances against other Bill’s. “If you kick my dog, I’m going to kick your cat,” said Penn.

The implication is that if his Bill does not get passed, him and other supporters of the gambling legislation will vote against any Bill’s from their opponents. That is where the United States is these days with politics.

Politicians voting along party lines, just to retain power. The good of the legislation is very rarely the issue. As the gambling debate rages on in Alabama, education takes a back seat.

Gambling at Bars

Gambling at Bars in Indiana Approved By Senate Committee

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Bars in Indiana have been fighting for the right to be able to offer certain types of gambling in their establishments. That idea became a little bit closer to reality after a Senate Committee vote.

A Senate Committee has voted in favor of allowing certain types of gambling in bars in the state of Indiana. The Bill that would allow for this form of gambling was sent to the Committee but had to be tweaked before they gave it the go ahead.

The Senate Committee changed the oversight of the bar gambling to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. That will be instead of the Indiana Gaming Commission being responsible for overseeing the gambling.

Now that the committee has approved the Bill, it will be sent to the full Senate to be approved. If the Senate gives the O.K., the new form of gambling in bars would then go into law.

Pull tabs are the main gambling form that bar owners have been lobbying for. These tickets are similar to scratch off lottery tickets, but instead of scratching, a person pulls a tab to find out if they have won. The tabs come in boxes of 1,000 or 2,000 cards, and each one must pay off seventy five percent.

The other change that was made by the committee has to do with where the taxed money would go. It will now go to the state government and not to local governments.