Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, recently announced he will not push his bill to allow a statewide vote on a lottery and casinos during the second special session.
Sen. Paul Sanford, R- Huntsville, said he will introduce his own lottery proposal for the first time, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Marsh's legislation introduced during the regular session and first special session was a proposed constitutional amendment to allow gambling operations at the state's four greyhound tracks.
Gov. Robert Bentley — a major opponent of Marsh's gambling plan — has called the gambling issue a distraction to lawmakers who are busying trying to shore up a solution to the General Fund budget.
A report from Auburn University-Montgomery, which was commissioned by Marsh's office, said the plan would raise $400 million a year — $330 million of that from a lottery — in addition to creating 11,000 jobs at casinos around the state.