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State needs to enforce law or tax gambling operations

The city of Decatur is giving video machine owners 30 days to stop the gambling that should never have begun. Call them video readers, computers or slot machines, the games are as ubiquitous as drive-through hamburger windows.

Word came from City Prosecutor Wayne Alexander Jr. this week that police will begin issuing tickets after the grace period.

The worst thing about these machines is that they are not state regulated and that they are illegal.

Hopefully, the Legislature will have the gumption to clean up any ambiguity over machines that are permissible under state law. Better still, the Legislature should recognize that Indian casinos and video games at dog tracks already make Alabama a de facto slot machine mecca and legislators will have the state take charge.

Legislators could start by giving Alabamians another chance to vote on an education lottery.

Apparently, a lot of out-of-state gambling money came into Alabama to stop the last attempt and probably continues to feed the anti-lottery crowd. Meanwhile, the schools are losing millions of dollars to Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi gambling and illegal in-state operations.

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