During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) said the so-called comprehensive gambling bill that passed the State House of Representatives could not pass in the State Senate as currently written.

The Baldwin County lawmaker also suggested there was no guarantee gambling legislation would pass in the Senate even with changes and amendments.

"I will tell you right now that based on the mood of the chamber and the members that I have talked to, I do not think this bill has the votes to move forward as it is now," he said. "Now, that sounds like a dramatic statement, but that should not be surprising. The Senate is going to want to make, and individual senators are going to want to make changes and amendments to the legislation. That's part of the process."

"Do I know whether or not once those amendments and changes are adopted that some of those votes will turn to 'yes' votes?" Elliott continued. "We'll just have to see how that progresses. But I would say that it is far from a foregone conclusion that this legislation as currently written will pass the Senate. As a matter of fact, I would go as far as to say it would not if it stays like it is."

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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