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Senate Committee Approves Lottery Bill

A Senate committee has approved lottery legislation aimed at letting Alabama join multi-state games such as Powerball. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Wednesday approved the proposed constitutional amendment by a 3-2 vote. However, the bill is expected to face opposition if it makes it to a floor vote. Alabama is one of a few states without a lottery….

What do Alabamians think about the special session?

Lawmakers failed to pass any lottery measures in time for the November ballot in the special session. In fact, all of the measures died after extensive debate.  It’s something that has many voters questioning what’s going on in Montgomery. Alabama News Network wanted to know if voters thought the special session was a waste of their tax money or a step…

Lottery Bill Dies in Alabama Senate

Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed state lottery has failed in the Alabama Senate. Senators on Friday voted 23-7 to reject changes the House of Representatives made to the bill. Sen. Jim McClendon, the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation is “dead” for the session. Senate support for the bill crumbled after Democrats said they could no longer support it. Democrats objected to…

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. 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…

Update: House Committee Approves Lottery Bill

A House committee has approved a lottery bill backed by Gov. Robert Bentley. The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved the bill Wednesday on an 8-3 vote. The full House of Representatives will debate the bill Thursday. Bentley is seeking the first statewide vote on a lottery since 1999. The governor proposed a lottery as a means to provide…

Sec. of State Merrill Seeking an AG Opinion on Lottery Vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says he believes a November lottery referendum is no longer possible, but is seeking an opinion from the attorney general’s office. Merrill said he believes the law is clear that Wednesday was the deadline for Alabama lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment and add it on the November ballot. Lawmakers missed…

Lottery Won’t be on November Ballot

A proposed state lottery will not go before voters in November. Lottery opponents in the House of Representatives on Tuesday used a procedural rule to block a committee from considering the bill. The bill needed to clear committee by Tuesday, and win final approval on Wednesday, in order to get before voters in November. The House of Representatives could not…

State Sen. Dick Brewbaker Resigns from Republican Caucus

Montgomery  State Senator Dick Brewbaker has resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus. Brewbaker tells Alabama News Network  he resigned over the way the lottery proposals have been handled in the current special session of the legislature. He also says he doesn’t share the priorities of the caucus when it comes to the lottery. The Republican Caucus will still hold a supermajority in…

Special Session Day 3: Lottery Bill Stalls in the Senate

A lottery bill has quickly stalled in the Alabama Senate amid deep disagreements among lawmakers over gambling. Senators debated a lottery bill for several hours Wednesday before giving up and moving on to other bills. Gov. Robert Bentley brought lawmakers into special session to consider a lottery as a way to fund the state’s Medicaid program. The legislation faltered amid…

Lawmakers start special session

Lawmakers returned to the statehouse Monday for the special session called by Governor Robert Bentley. The House of Representatives elected Representative Mac McCutcheon as the new speaker of the house. McCutcheon says he is ready to start a new era. “I’m humbled in so many ways to have the support of my colleagues and to be able to take on…