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Alabama may try lottery vote in special session

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According to Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, Alabama lawmakers are being polled in regard to their support for legislation establishing a lottery ahead of a presumed special session.

Gov. Robert Bentley said last week he's considering a special session to tackle budget issues, such as the lingering $85 million gap in the state's Medicaid program. Lawmakers funded up to $700 million for Medicaid, which requires at least $785 million to operate.

A special session would be called later this summer or soon after.

Several Alabama legislators have lottery bills in the works, including House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville.

"The constituents in my district have made it clear to me that they don't understand why we don't have a lottery," McClendon said in a recent AL.com story. "The people of Alabama want it and the people of Alabama deserve the opportunity to vote yes or no."

Ford's bill would funnel lottery revenue toward education purposes, including two-year scholarships.

Alabama is one of six states to not have a lottery system. Only Mississippi, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada are also without a lottery.

Birmingham Business Journal

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Simpsonville
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Posted: July 25, 2016, 12:28 pm - IP Logged

Good Lawd, maybe, just maybe, this will come to fruition.  I almost choked on lunch reading this.

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    Posted: July 25, 2016, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

    Good Lawd, maybe, just maybe, this will come to fruition.  I almost choked on lunch reading this.

    Bleudog101, Do not choke on your lunch! We need your support here.

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      Posted: July 26, 2016, 1:10 am - IP Logged

      According to Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, Alabama lawmakers are being polled in regard to their support for legislation establishing a lottery ahead of a presumed special session.

      Gov. Robert Bentley said last week he's considering a special session to tackle budget issues, such as the lingering $85 million gap in the state's Medicaid program. Lawmakers funded up to $700 million for Medicaid, which requires at least $785 million to operate.

      A special session would be called later this summer or soon after.

      Several Alabama legislators have lottery bills in the works, including House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville.

      "The constituents in my district have made it clear to me that they don't understand why we don't have a lottery," McClendon said in a recent AL.com story. "The people of Alabama want it and the people of Alabama deserve the opportunity to vote yes or no."

      Ford's bill would funnel lottery revenue toward education purposes, including two-year scholarships.

      Alabama is one of six states to not have a lottery system. Only Mississippi, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada are also without a lottery.

      Right now, people in Alabama see this a joke. You promise everyone everything you believe that help you keep your seat in office. We all know you're not going to actually do what you  promise to do. MR. Ford's bill to funnel revenue toward education purposes, including two year scholarships . You need to really expand your thinking. Just my view.

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        Posted: July 26, 2016, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

        Ugh.... Really Alabama let the people vote... SMH

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          Posted: July 27, 2016, 9:10 am - IP Logged

          Ugh.... Really Alabama let the people vote... SMH

          I Agree! With you.  Anybody  taking odds that one of the other states  will get a lottery before ALA. off the the lists?

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            Posted: July 27, 2016, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

            The Alabama governor has called a special session to focus solely on the 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: July 27, 2016, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

              Good luck Alabama!

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                Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                I Agree! With you.  Anybody  taking odds that one of the other states  will get a lottery before ALA. off the the lists?

                Depends on whether this special session results in the legislature voting on a lottery, or all Alabamians voting on it. If the Legislature votes on it, it'll be approved, if the people vote it'll be voted down and Alaska will 100% chance be the next state to get a lottery.