Gov. Ivey’s gambling study group meets

A group commissioned by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to study gambling in the state held its first meeting March 5.

The Governor’s Study Group on Gambling Policy includes leaders in health, business and politics. Ivey said the group is charged with gathering the “facts” about gambling in Alabama and exploring how an expansion of gambling would impact the state.

Alabama is one of only a few states with no lottery. Operating under federal law, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians runs casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka. Electronic bingo operators have been in constant battle with the state over the legality of their operations. The study group is expected to issue its final report by the end of the year. (TAB)