As lawmakers discuss gambling expansion in Alabama, the state governor has said compacts must not be negotiated before voters have their say.
US.- Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has said that she will not enter a gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) until voters have their say on gambling expansion through a referendum.
Ivey told local media that she was following recommendations from the state Study Group on Gambling which advised that current gambling restrictions would have to be lifted before a compact could be negotiated.
The PBCI wants to enter a Class III gaming compact with the state, which would allow its three casinos to offer slot machines and table games.
While the Governor said that “having a compact is certainly one of the items on the table for consideration,” she said it was paramount that the question was put to voters first.
She said: “There would be no benefit to the state to begin negotiating a compact until we found out that the people of Alabama wanted to include a lottery and perhaps other expansion first.”