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Alabama Gov. Bentley wants to limit expansion of gambling, but says an agreement may be the answer

May 5, 2015

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley does not believe increased gambling will help the state’s ailing budget, but he does think an agreement with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians may be the state’s best bet for limiting the expansion of gambling. “Even though I’m not for gambling, a compact, if done correctly, would help us keep gambling where it is now,” Bentley said in an April 30 telephone interview. “A compact could help us limit expansion [and avoid] Las Vegas-style gambling, like table games and full-fledged slots.” The governor’s comments came in a week that saw the president pro tem of the state Senate, Del Marsch, propose a massive expansion of gambling and a representative of the Poarch Creeks offer $250 million to the...

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