The more time passes, the less likely a comprehensive gambling bill will pass the Alabama Legislature.

During an interview with Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show" on Tuesday, State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) confirmed as much.

Elliott told WVNN that he did not see a path forward.

"I do," he replied when asked by host Dale Jackson if he thought gambling was "about to blow up." "Unfortunately, what the Senate passed was, I think, all that the Senate was going to pass. And I continue to hear out of my House colleagues, 'We're not going to compromise this. We're not going to compromise on that.' And unfortunately, if that's the position, I just don't see a path forward for a conference committee report that has things that are untenable for certain senators in there."

"I don't see a path forward," Elliott added. "I don't see it passing, which is why I was a little frustrated. There was a non-concurrence vote in the House on what the Senate changed in the House legislation because would have allowed people to vote on the lottery and put tight controls on the illegal gaming that was going on out there, which were two of the House's goals, and that was contained in the Senate bill. It wasn't everything, but it certainly was something. And I'm afraid we're going to end up with nothing."

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 or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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