Alabama Attorney General Troy King said his investigation into whether video gambling machines used by the state’s electronic gambling businesses is taking longer than he anticipated because the laws are so complicated.

“This has taken much longer than I anticipated it would take, and it has consumed a lot more time and energy than I imagined it might,” he said.

King said he found electronic gambling machines were regulated “by a very confusing patchwork of laws” that include 18 state constitutional amendments, the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, federal regulations, and several local regulations.

Even before knowing the outcome of King’s review, Alabamians should wonder if it should be this hard to tell if something so widespread is legal.

No matter whether the machines being used by Indian and non-Indian gambling interests prove legal or illegal, perhaps there is room for new legislation simply to clarify the law.