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APNewsBreak: New gov says no gambling vote soon

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov.-elect Robert Bentley says his campaign proposal to give Alabama citizens a yes-or-no vote on gambling likely won't happen in his first year in office.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Bentley said he is dismantling Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force, turning gambling matters over to new Attorney General Luther Strange and waiting to see how pending court cases play out.

He says that needs to happen before asking the Legislature to approve a statewide referendum for voters to say yes or no to all forms of gambling. He has said a no vote would also close Indian casinos, which are regulated by the federal government.

Bentley, who takes the oath of office Monday, said he probably won't propose a referendum in the Legislature's 2011 session.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. )

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