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Alabama lottery won't happen in 2016

Topic closed. 16 replies. Last post 12 months ago by majestic1070.

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cbr$'s avatar - maren
United States
Member #104482
January 15, 2011
6538 Posts
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:58 am - IP Logged

Alabama state lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the final two days of the 2016 legislative session, but for supporters of a state lottery, the session has already ended.

Though Gov. Robert Bentley in March said he thought Alabama voters would overwhelmingly approve a state lottery if given the chance, a variety of lottery and gambling legislation failed to gain traction during the 2016 session.

A bill to allow Alabama to join multi-state lottery games like Powerball failed to make it out of committee.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing committee last week reluctantly passed a constitutional amendment to establish a state lottery, but Senate rules make it difficult to pass controversial bills in the final days of the session.

The bills stalled under a mix of opposition to gambling, disagreements on how state lottery revenue should be used and a push to include casino gambling.

This outcome was expected by Alabama voters. We knew this bill was going to
stalled enough before it land in the paper. What is wrong here is not the bill. 
Since they don't believe they get the biggest slice of this cake [tax revenue]
to use any way they want. Alabama voters are not going to sign a blank check
for them. Since they can't get it right. We will continue to take our money out of
Alabama to enjoy gambling with. We are adults, we don't need you permission
to enjoy our money. 
    majestic1070's avatar - batman47
    Maitland, Florida
    United States
    Member #127611
    May 5, 2012
    32 Posts
    Posted: May 4, 2016, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

    Speak for yourself!!