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Alabama legislator lobbies for state lottery

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Faces mountain of resistance

The Democrat leader in the Alabama House is calling for the Legislature to use its election-year session to approve a state lottery.

Republican leaders say Rep. Craig Ford is carrying a losing ticket for 2014.

Ford, D-Gasden, said a state lottery could produce $250 million annually for education purposes and keep money at home that is now going to lotteries in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

"That is why I plan to propose a lottery bill during the 2014 legislative session," he said Monday.

Any lottery bill likely would be considered by the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, where House Majority Leader Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, serves as vice chairman.

Hammon said Alabama residents have said repeatedly they don't want a lottery, beginning with the state lottery referendum that failed in 1999 to Ron Sparks' campaign for governor in 2010.

"Just four years ago, the Democratic nominee for governor made the creation of a statewide lottery his one and only issue, and he was soundly defeated in that race," Hammon said.

He said the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee plans to spend the 2014 session considering bills that will create good jobs rather than a lottery.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said a lottery proposal is a failed idea from the past.

"We are working to put more money into the pockets of hardworking Alabamians, while Democrats want to take it out," he said.

Ford said the bill he plans to introduce in the session that starts Jan. 14 would set aside $50 million of the proceeds to hire security officers for schools. The remainder would be used for college or vocational school scholarships for students who make the "A-B" honor roll.

"A state lottery can open the doors of opportunity for thousands of children in Alabama and lighten the burden on thousands more," he said.

If the Legislature passes a bill to create a state lottery, it would still have to be approved by Alabama voters in a statewide referendum, likely during the general election on Nov. 4, 2014.

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Posted: December 10, 2013, 8:53 am - IP Logged

I see in the future all states having a lottery! Some just take longer than others! Wink

Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile

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    Posted: December 10, 2013, 10:20 am - IP Logged

    Great. NY has enough competition. Alabama will be the next NJ.

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      Posted: December 10, 2013, 10:26 am - IP Logged

      Problem with Alabama...

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        Posted: December 10, 2013, 10:46 am - IP Logged

        Problem with Alabama...

        Wasn't I reading a story on a state run lottery? 

        Your statement is rude and uncalled for.

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          Posted: December 10, 2013, 11:14 am - IP Logged

          Wasn't I reading a story on a state run lottery? 

          Your statement is rude and uncalled for.

          Oh sorry.  This isn't a free speech zone???  LOL....

            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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            Posted: December 10, 2013, 11:44 am - IP Logged

            Wasn't I reading a story on a state run lottery? 

            Your statement is rude and uncalled for.

            It's open season on us "Bible Thumpers," lejardin.

            Pay the evil ones no mind.

            This is nothing, soon they'll be killing us here as they're already doing in other countries.

            It's all written in that Bible we thump.

            Jesus said:: "You will be hated of all nations for my name's sake but know that they hated me before they hated you"

            And He said that those of us who endure to the end will be saved.

            And we will endure.

            Praise His Holy Name.

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              Posted: December 10, 2013, 12:54 pm - IP Logged

              It's open season on us "Bible Thumpers," lejardin.

              Pay the evil ones no mind.

              This is nothing, soon they'll be killing us here as they're already doing in other countries.

              It's all written in that Bible we thump.

              Jesus said:: "You will be hated of all nations for my name's sake but know that they hated me before they hated you"

              And He said that those of us who endure to the end will be saved.

              And we will endure.

              Praise His Holy Name.

              Thank you rdgrnr. I do actually realize this especially at this time of year. 

              Merry CHRISTmas to you.

                rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                Posted: December 10, 2013, 5:39 pm - IP Logged

                Thank you rdgrnr. I do actually realize this especially at this time of year. 

                Merry CHRISTmas to you.

                You're welcome, lejardin.

                Merry CHRISTmas to you too!

                  rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                  Posted: December 10, 2013, 5:46 pm - IP Logged

                  I'd like to see 'em have a lottery my ownself but if the people vote overwhelmingly against it, that's the ball game.

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                    Posted: December 10, 2013, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

                    Call this one a sticky wicket. Alabama probably also sees a lot of Alabama dollars going to Mississippi casinos on top of bordering state lotteries.

                    These are the states that were  / are supposed to never have a lottery:

                    Tennessee - It was thought the Baptists wouldn't allow it.

                    Alabama and Mississippi - Again, 'Bible Belt' - and that was before Msisissippi got casinos.

                    Nevada - The casinos wan't it all, no competetion from a lottery. Hey Nevada, take a look at NJ. Maybe Mississippi should too.

                    Utah - Mormons. Ironic, as they finance Nevada casinos and have owned at least oner.

                    Hawaii - Illegal gambling interests don't want it.

                    I might have left a few out, Alaska? Wyoming? (although that's in the works).

                    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                    Lep

                    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                      Posted: December 10, 2013, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

                      I'd like to see 'em have a lottery my ownself but if the people vote overwhelmingly against it, that's the ball game.

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                        Posted: December 11, 2013, 2:26 am - IP Logged

                        I Agree!  SORRY i'm really NOT stalking you i just agree Green laugh

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                          Posted: December 11, 2013, 10:47 am - IP Logged

                          Being an Alabama resident, I sure would love a lottery.

                          The lottery is NOT a tax on the poor.  By calling it a tax, you are calling it mandatory, which is what taxes are.  But the lottery is NOT mandatory, therefore calling it a tax highly inaccurate.

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                            Posted: December 14, 2013, 9:08 am - IP Logged

                            Problem with Alabama...

                            Oklahoma got it and were part of the Bible Belt.

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