lottery

Special Session Preview

A special session to decide the fate of a lottery in Alabama begins Monday. The topic of a lottery has divided the legislature for nearly two decades, after former Governor Don Siegelman tried and failed to implement the lotto. Governor Bentley called the special session to try to pass a bill that will allow Alabamians to vote on whether or…

Senior Alliance Calls for a State Lottery in Alabama

Next week, lawmakers will return to Montgomery to begin a special session called to debate the creation of a state lottery.  When they do,  there’s one group of Alabama voters hoping that a lottery becomes reality. Today, representatives of the American Senior Alliance held a press conference in Montgomery to show their support for the creation of a state lottery….

State Auditor Wants Safeguards in Place for Lottery

Jim Zeigler says he's worried supporters of Governor Robert Bentley could profit from lottery.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler says he is worried about any lottery bill that could come from the special session. Zeigler, who is pushing for the impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley says he doesn’t want any of the governor’s supporters profiting from a state run lottery. Zeigler says he has already contacted the governor’s office about his concerns. The governor has proposed a…

Gov. Bentley Goes from Gambling Critic to Lottery Supporter

Gov. Robert Bentley’s support of a referendum on a state lottery comes six years after he criticized gambling as a detriment to society. The governor has consistently supported the people’s right to vote on gambling. However, in his 2010 campaign said he opposed all gambling because it preyed upon those who could least afford to lose money. Asked about his…

Bentley Says Lottery May Be Best Option for State Revenue

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he did not think a state lottery was the “perfect option” for funding government, but said it was the only one left. In an opinion piece submitted Wednesday to news outlets, Bentley expanded on his reasons for calling a special session on a state lottery. The governor, who is a dermatologist, said he could not…

Governor to call Special Session for Lottery

Says it would raise $225-Million.

Governor Bentley says he will call a special session of the Legislature to consider a constitutional amendment allowing a statewide lottery. He says he will travel the state first, to promote the legislation that would set up a vote by Alabama residents to amend the Alabama Constitution, which currently bans lotteries. Bentley says the lottery would solve Alabama’s funding problems,…

Senator Makes Final Push for Alabama Lottery

As Alabama’s 2016 legislative session quickly nears its end, a state senator is making a final push for a lottery. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Thursday voted for a bare-bones constitutional amendment that would allow Alabamians to vote on the issue but provides few other details. Several senators say they voted in favor of the amendment with the…

Legislators Introduce Lottery Proposal

Some lawmakers say it’s time for Alabama to consider a lottery. Tuesday, Senator Jim McClendon of Springville and Representative Alan Harper of Northport introduced legislation for the upcoming session. It would allow Alabamians a chance to vote on a lottery. McClendon said he is introducing the bill because his constituents “constantly” tell him they want to see a lottery in Alabama. The bill…