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Proposed Lottery Bill Will Fund Pre-K, College Scholarships if Approved

Alabama lawmakers could once again debate the idea of starting a state lottery. Republican. Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark says he will introduce a lottery bill in the legislative session that begins next week. Clouse’s proposal would split proceeds between the state’s prekindergarten program and college scholarships. A proposal to start a state lottery cleared the Alabama Senate last year,…

Alabama Senate Narrowly Approves Lottery Bill

Win numbers and lottery ballsThe Alabama Senate has narrowly approved a lottery bill. Senators on Thursday voted 21-12 for the bill. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The bill passed with the minimum 21 votes required to pass a constitutional amendment. The bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore would limit a lottery to paper tickets…

Senate Approves Bentley Lottery Bill

The Alabama Senate has approved Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposal to start a state lottery. Senators on Friday voted 21-12 for the bill, hitting the required number of votes needed for approval. The legislative victory for the governor keeps the bill alive in the special session on Medicaid funding. It now goes to the House of Representatives. Bentley is seeking to…

Lottery Bill Fails in Special Session

State senators have punted a vote of a lottery bill after a test vote indicated it did not have the votes to pass. Senators stopped discussions Thursday on the bill over after a motion to end debate failed. Senate President Del Marsh said it became obvious that senators did not like the legislation. The bill would have also allowed electronic…

Lottery Bill Heads to Vote

A lottery bill is headed to a vote in the Alabama Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he intends to seek an up or down vote on a lottery bill on Thursday afternoon. The bill is expected to include allowing electronic gambling machines at four dog tracks and possibly in Houston County. Marsh said he thought it was…

Lottery Bills Get First Test in Alabama Legislature

Lottery supporters and opponents are squaring off in the Alabama Legislature. A Senate committee on Tuesday morning heard passionate testimony during a public hearing on five lottery bills. The committee is weighing Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to set up a lottery to fund Medicaid. The committee is also considering rival proposals that would allow electronic gambling machines at dog tracks…

House Leader to Pre-File Lottery, Casino Bills for Legislative Sessions

Montgomery, AL – House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, announced today that he will pre-file a pair lottery bills next week in anticipation of the governor calling a special legislative session. Rep. Ford said he will also pre-file the bills for the 2017 Regular Legislative Session if a lottery is not passed during a special legislative session. Rep. Ford is…