While the debate over a comprehensive gambling bill is underway in Montgomery, the Republican Party in Alabama's most populous county is making its opposition to the gambling effort known.

The Jefferson County Republican Party unanimously approved a resolution opposing the bill and urging the lawmakers in the county's Republican delegation to oppose the measure.

The resolution states opposition to gambling as it pertains to public policy and as a potential hurdle for Republican candidates to overcome on the November 8 ballot.

Resolution as follows:

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"In our opinions, the pending gambling legislation will negatively impact Jefferson County as well as our chances of electing Republicans in our County this November," Chris Brown, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, said to 1819 News in a statement. "Gambling interests are likely to pour millions of dollars into a campaign to persuade Democrat voters to vote in favor of this constitutional amendment."

"The Party's primary goal is to promote and elect Republican candidates," he added. "Anything that may prevent this, we will oppose. There are more pressing issues that we would like to see the legislature address like election integrity. We encourage all Republicans, in the legislature but most specifically Republicans in the Jefferson County legislative delegation, to vote no on any pending gambling legislation."

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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