AG threatens to seize electronic bingo in Etowah

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Troy King says electronic bingo machines will be seized if they are brought into Etowah County before the law has been changed or successfully challenged.

King told the Etowah Baptist Association that he believes electronic bingo in Etowah County is illegal.

He says a constitutional amendment allowing bingo in the north Alabama county applies only to traditional paper bingo.

King's view differs from an October ruling by Etowah County Circuit Judge Clark Hall that cleared the way for electronic bingo in Etowah County.

District Attorney Jimmie Harp interpreted the ruling to allow the county commission to decide what forms of bingo it wants and who will operate it.

Two groups have applied to operate electronic bingo in the county.

--- Information from: The Gadsden Times,

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