Local legislation proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize historical horse racing gambling machines in Greene County was filed in the Senate on Tuesday.
The proposed amendment would be voted on in the earlier of the 2024 primary or any special election held in Greene County.
Senate Bill 324 by Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) would "propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 2022, relating to Greene County, to provide legislative findings, provide for the pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse racing on computerized machines, levy a tax on pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse races on computerized machines, provide for the application for licensure and the operation of a racetrack, and provide for the distribution of taxes, fees, and other funds collected by the (racing) commission.
According to BettingUSA, the basic premise of historical horse racing is to "give players a slots-like experience in states where full-fledged slots aren't legal."
According to the legislation, an application to operate a racetrack shall only be granted to an individual who has been a resident of the State of Alabama for at least five years immediately preceding the date on which the license is issued or to a corporation, association, company, partnership, or other legal entity that has been incorporated, organized, or otherwise established in the State of Alabama for at least five years immediately preceding the date on which the license is issued.
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