The latest development in the high profile disagreement over gambling with electronic bingo machines in the state between Governor Bob Riley and his attorney general Troy King?
Country Crossing developers are telling the Dothan Eagle that Gov. Riley’s administration has tried to stop the shipment of 1,703 electronic bingo machines from Nevada to the Country Crossing development south of Dothan.
Country Crossing developers and county officials learned late Tuesday that the Nevada Gaming Commission was contacted by a member of Gov. Bob Riley’s staff and told it would be illegal to ship the machines because the governor believes they are illegal.
Local officials quickly responded, sending copies of case law and local legislation to the Nevada Gaming Commission, as well as a videotape of Attorney General Troy King, where he speaks about the law in relation to Houston County. King’s office issued an AG Opinion more than a year ago which favored the development.
The Nevada Gaming Commission then had a vote, [Country Crossing spokesman Jay] Walker said, and decided they were on firm legal ground to allow the machines to be shipped.
“The manufacturers and the Commission itself read the law the same way we do,” Walker said.