By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, April 14, the Senate rejected a local constitutional amendment that would give Greene Track exclusive gaming rights in Greene County and would have allowed the dog track to have the same electronic bingo games that the Poarch Creek Band of Indians (PCI) have at their three facilities.
The Greene county gambling bill, SB340, was sponsored by State Senator Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro).
State Senator Hank Sanders (D-Selma) said, “I am deeply concerned about this bill and I am deeply concerned by the whole process.” Sanders said that every other local bill provided for charities to hold bingos. This bill is a different animal because it is for a private entity and gives a privilege and a right to one entity and puts it in the Constitution of Alabama. I don’t know of anything in the modern day like this. This bill puts three other charities out of business. And the only one that will be there will be this one entity. “I know that is unconstitutional. Alabama is going to end up spending money to defend this bill.”