From the West Alabama Newsroom -- The CEO of Greenetrack electronic bingo facility Luther Winn is speaking out about a bill in the legislature that would increase the penalties for promoting gambling.
Winn says the bill is a scare tactic aimed at intimidating gaming vendors. He also says it's part of a continuing effort by a handful of elected officials who are disregarding legal amendments to the very constitution they are sworn to uphold.
Winn says the amendments were passed by the state legislature, voted on by the people, signed by the governor and are now law.
"The issue now for me is beyond bingo," said Winn. "It's about now my constitutional rights because I know exactly the process that we went through to pass bingo."
The bill would make violations a felony instead of a misdemeanor and increase the maximum penalty from a year in jail to 10 years in prison.