Wasted efforts
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Mar 21, 2013 | 5088 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The three casinos in Alabama built on Indian land and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are regulated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. That should be the end of it.

Yet, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange refuses to give up — usually a good trait for the state’s top law-enforcement representative. He wants the National Indian Gaming Commission to tell the Poarch Creeks in Alabama that their casinos aren’t following Alabama law and are, thus, illegal.

Strange is not only facing a losing battle, he’s wasting his office’s time and money.

It’s one thing that the state has been embroiled in what seems to be a never-ending crusade to eradicate gambling in Alabama. Barring a definitive, iron-clad court ruling or a vote by the people, Alabama is virtually assured to endure a confusing back-and-forth between casino owners, local authorities, the state Legislature and the attorney general as to the legality of gambling, particularly electronic bingo.

As for the Indian casinos? The law is clear. They are legal under current guidelines. Strange needs to take his efforts to something more pressing.
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