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Senate Democrats kill Alabama lottery bill over dog track concerns

August 27, 2016, 7:50 am ET

It was a step away from passage.

Then the lottery bill fell off a cliff.

Needing just one final vote to go on a future election ballot, a proposal to establish a statewide lottery collapsed in the Alabama Senate Friday when Democrats, key to the bill's success, withdrew their support amid concerns language in the bill – or not taken up by the House of Representatives -- could give the Poarch Band of Creek Indians a gaming monopoly at the expense of the state's existing dog tracks.

"If we allow this bill to go forth as it is... it would wipe out the existing industries I have," said Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, whose district includes GreeneTrack in Greene County.


Hope still alive: Alabama House passes modified lottery bill

August 26, 2016, 5:56 am ET

The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts.

Legislators clapped and cheered as the bill passed shortly before midnight on a 64-35 vote, exceeding the 63 votes required to pass the chamber. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate where senators must decide whether to go along with mostly minor House changes to the legislation.

The Republican governor, seeking to end the Deep South state's historic opposition to gambling as a revenue source, proposed a lottery as a way to provide money to the state's perpetually cash-strapped Medicaid program. Alabama would become the 45th state with a lottery if lawmakers and voters approve the idea.

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Prosecutors say 2 more men may be linked to lottery riggings

August 24, 2016, 6:21 pm ET

Prosecutors in the case of a former lottery insider convicted last year in a national Hot Lotto jackpot-rigging scandal are seeking to subpoena records from two attorneys they believe could be tied to the plot.

Documents filed on Tuesday by the lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand, seek to subpoena records from Texas attorneys J. Thad Whisenant and Luis Vallejo.

Authorities assert that immediately after investigators attempted to interview Whisenant about the case, he contacted Vallejo, who prosecutors said in the court filing is connected through phone records to one of the men indicted in the scheme.

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Lottery winner who spent $20M on boyfriend's bail money to appear on 'Fix My Life' series

August 24, 2016, 6:07 pm ET

A North Carolina woman who spent part of her $188 million lottery jackpot bailing her boyfriend out of jail is due to appear on a Fix My Life reality series.


Alabama lottery vote manuevering fractures Republican caucus

August 24, 2016, 10:18 am ET

Two senators have resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus in the wake of last week's vote to approve a statewide lottery, citing policy differences and claiming senate leaders violated their own rules in an effort to muscle the bill through.


Alabama lottery bill won't make it on November ballot

August 23, 2016, 9:49 pm ET

The Alabama House of Representatives today blocked a committee meeting that was necessary for Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery proposal to get on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.


Alabama lottery bill faces battle in House

August 21, 2016, 8:03 am ET

Putting a vote before Alabama residents to add a state lottery still has sizable challenges before it can happen.


UPDATED: Alabama Senate approves lottery bill

August 20, 2016, 1:15 am ET

The Alabama Senate on Friday passed a lottery bill proposed by Gov. Robert Bentley, capping off the first week of a special session called by the governor. The bill, which was amended substantially before the vote, will now go on to the House of Representatives.


Alabama Senate kills one lottery bill; the other to be debated Friday

August 18, 2016, 8:47 pm ET

The Alabama Senate Thursday voted against a procedure that would have allowed a vote on a proposed lottery bill sponsored by State Sen. Jim McClendon.


Alabama lottery vote on shaky ground in Senate

August 18, 2016, 9:22 am ET

The Alabama Senate started debate Wednesday on whether to allow residents to vote on a constitutional amendment to establish a lottery, but adjourned for the day without a vote on the proposal.

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