State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore), the State Senate General Fund Budget Committee chairman, says to expect the legislature to take another crack at gaming in the 2022 regular session.
The 2022 session is scheduled to convene on January 11. Despite the 2022 session coming in the fourth year of the quadrennium, which is typically not a year for significant legislature to make its way through the Alabama State House, Albritton said this could be the year during an interview with guest host former State Sen. Rusty Glover on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “Midday Mobile.”
“I think one thing that is going to be coming is the perennial gaming issue,” he said. “I think that’s going to be fought over again this time and hopefully passed this time.”
Albritton stressed why he viewed the legislature’s involvement as necessary.
“It has as good a chance as it always has,” Albritton continued. “But I do not subscribe to the issue just because it’s an election year that we ought to take the day off, OK? You don’t take 25% of your time off and just not work. This is an important issue. The state has got to get control of the gaming that is already occurring in the state of Alabama. We’ve got to get some controls on it. We’ve got to have some taxing on it. We’ve got to have some benefits on it and make sure that we make it legal where it’s going on because most of where it is going on is not legal or unregulated.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.