Gaming business to fight civil suit from Attorney General

River City Entertainment is one of several businesses in Alabama being sued

LACEY'S SPRING, Ala. - Attorney General Steve Marshall is suing a local electronic gaming business, along with several others  across Alabama.

The AG is claiming the businesses violate Alabama's gaming and gambling laws.

In a press release, the AG did not cite Alabama law, but did name several past judge's decisions as precedents, backing up his claim that the businesses and their gaming devices are illegal.

River City Entertainment, which has been at this location on Highway 231 for about two months, invited us inside to see what the fuss is about.

The business has about 50 electronic gaming machines with small payouts. -- Reloadable card with barcodes are used instead of chips or tokens.

A manager, who asked not to be identified, said many of the games offered on the devices require some level of skill. -- For the reason, she says, this is a legal business.

We hit the streets in this area to ask neighbors their thoughts.

Many of them said that while the law should be clear and it should be followed, they do not have any objections based in morality or safety.

The AG is concentrating just on the law, saying it has been made clear through many court decisions over the past five years that any electronic machine that pays out money is illegal, although the law has not been interpreted to be so definitive.

"These lawsuits represent a comprehensive legal approach developed by the attorney general," AG Marshall said in an email, "with the assistance of the office's career experts to put a stop to illegsl gsmbling [in Alabama]."

The owner of River City Entertainment said on Thursday evening, he's ready to "roll with it," and is keeping his machines and his business operational.

Stay with WZDX News for updates.


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