Possible State Gambling Pact

Talks have surfaced about the possibility of a gambling pact between the state and Alabama's only federally-recognized Indian Tribe. Right now, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians offers bingo games, which resemble slot machines at its three casinos across Alabama. They would need an agreement with the state to add table games or another location. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston says that anything is on the table as the state looks for budget solutions. Attorney General Luther Strange has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the tribe's current gambling operations. Governor Bentley says he wants to see the outcome of Strange's lawsuit before commenting on any possible agreement . According to a spokesman, the tribe has offered to negotiate a gambling pact with the state for more than two decades.

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