Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is trying to clear the way for VictoryLand bingo casino and others to reopen.
Bentley on Thursday signed an executive order that said local law enforcement should be the primary enforcer of gambling laws. He rescinded the first executive order he gave after taking office in 2011 that directed the responsibility to the attorney general’s office.
The decision comes as the attorney general’s office is appealing a judge’s order to return seized machines to VictoryLand by Nov. 16 because other casinos continued to operate.
Bentley said the court ruling raised concern about the “unequal enforcement” of Alabama gambling laws.
The surprise move is the latest twist in the state’s long running legal battle over the legality of the slot machine look-alikes.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.