Regulate Gambling Now

Gambling is an issue that shouldn't really have any middle ground. If gambling is legalized in a state, it will create problems.

One rationale for legalizing gambling has been to tax it heavily and then use the tax money for worthwhile causes. The worst of all worlds is to have the problems that gambling can cause with no offsetting benefits of any kind, and that seems to be the situation that Alabama is drifting in to.

The governor and the attorney general this week proposed measures that would slow the spread of gambling in Alabama. One of the measures would require approval in the form of a constitutional amendment, giving voters a say on this issue.

Addressing this question should be a priority for Alabama lawmakers. Other states have found that once these gambling operations get a foothold, they are very difficult to regulate after the fact.