Lottery bill goes to House floor Thursday

Debates of a lottery bill continued Wednesday in the legislature.  A lottery bill made it out of a House committee and will be discussed on the House floor Thursday.

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Governor Robert Bentley calls this a step in the right direction.

“I’m asking legislators to let the people vote on this issue,” he said, “this has been a decade’s old problem and it is getting worse.”

90% of revenue from the lottery would go to the General Fund and 10% would go to the Education Trust Fund.

There was some debate on the deadline for the lottery to be placed on the November ballot.

Secretary of State John Merrill explained, “we believe the last day for any constitutional amendment to be passed to go on the ballot for the November 8th general election is today (Wednesday).”

Some senators, though, argued the deadline was Friday.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are optimistic about passing the bill Thursday or Friday.

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