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UPDATED: Alabama Senate approves lottery bill

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Historic first step toward letting the people decide if they want a lottery

Update: How each senator voted

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.

Passed by a voting margin of 21-12, the bill sends a proposed constitutional amendment establishing a state lottery before voters for their approval in November.

The initial bill would have seen all lottery revenue go to the general fund. But amendments to the bill approved by the Senate on Friday diverted millions of dollars in anticipated revenue to the Education Trust Fund and Medicaid.

The bill's passage caps off a contentious period of debate over how best to shore up the state's general fund.

The bill was approved one day after the Senate effectively blocked another, more complex lottery bill sponsored by state Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, that also touched on contentious issues like electronic lottery terminals at race tracks.

As Bentley's bill was originally written, all lottery revenues would have gone to the state's general fund. But the chamber voted by a margin of 22-7 to approve a last-minute amendment proposed Friday night by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, to designate 10 percent of potential lottery revenues to the Education Trust Fund.

Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, said he would only vote for the lottery bill if the Senate approved an amendment he proposed that would dedicate $100 million of lottery revenue each year after expenses to Medicaid. The amendment passed by a 25-4 vote, with one abstention.

The amendment was one of many proposed by a series of senators Friday.

Before Reed's amendment passed, State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, proposed two amendments to the bill that would have directed 40 and 30 percent, respectively of the lottery revenue to the Education Trust Fund.

"A significant portion of the senate district I represent would like to be able to vote on a clean lottery bill, which I think the governor's lottery bill that we've seen is about as clean a lottery bill as we've seen," he said. But he said that he has heard from many constituents that "they want some of the funding from the lottery to go to education," or else they will not vote to support a lottery.

Both amendments ultimately were shot down by margins of at least 20 votes, as a number of concerns were raised, including that the general fund is more in need of shoring up than the education fund.

Reed proposed two other amendments that were not approved. One would have made it so that counties that do not vote to approve a pro-lottery constitutional amendment would not have to sell lottery tickets.

"My intention, as I've stated, is to give more opportunity and control to folks in different communities," Reed said.

But Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, argued against the amendment on grounds including the concept that it would cause infighting between counties across the state.

"You're talking about putting something in the Constitution that will divide Alabama's 67 counties," Dial said.

How each senator voted

Senate Republicans: 14–Yes. 10–No. Two are listed as not voting or not present.

  • Senate District 1, Tim Melson–Yes
  • Senate District 2, William Holtzclaw–Yes
  • Senate District 3, Arthur Orr–No
  • Senate District 4, Paul Bussman–No
  • Senate District 5, Greg Reed–Yes
  • Senate District 6, Larry Stutts–Not Voting/Not Present
  • Senate District 7, Paul Sanford–Yes
  • Senate District 8, Steve Livingston–Yes
  • Senate District 9, Clay Scofield–Yes
  • Senate District 10, Phillip Williams–Yes
  • Senate District 11, Jim McClendon–Yes
  • Senate District 12, Del Marsh–Yes
  • Senate District 13, Gerald Dial–Yes
  • Senate District 14, Cam Ward–Yes
  • Senate District 15, Mark Slade Blackwell–Yes
  • Senate District 16, Jabo Waggoner–No
  • Senate District 17, Shay Shellnut–Not Voting/Not Present
  • Senate District 21, Gerald Allen–No
  • Senate District 22, Greg Albritton–No
  • Senate District 25, Dick Brewbaker–No
  • Senate District 27, Tom Whatley–Yes
  • Senate District 30, Clyde Chambliss–No
  • Senate District 31, Jimmy Holley–Yes
  • Senate District 32, Lee "Trip" Pitt–No
  • Senate District 34, Rusty Glover–No
  • Senate District 35, Bill Hightower–No

Senate Democrats: 7 –Yes. 1–No.

  • Senate District 18, Rodger Smitherman–Yes
  • Senate District 19, Priscilla Dunn–Yes
  • Senate District 20, Linda Coleman-Madison–Yes
  • Senate District 23, Hank Sanders–No
  • Senate District 24, Bobby Singleton–Yes
  • Senate District 26, Quinton Ross–Yes
  • Senate District 28, William Beasley–Yes
  • Senate District 33, Vivian Figures Davis–Yes

Independent: 1–No

  • Senate District 29,  Harri Anne Smith–No

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Enterprise, Alabama
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Posted: August 20, 2016, 1:32 am - IP Logged

I'm happy my State Senator voted YES :) now I hope it will pass in the State House and move on to the Governor and be on our November ballot.

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    I'm happy my State Senator voted YES :) now I hope it will pass in the State House and move on to the Governor and be on our November ballot.

    Be sure to let your reps know your stance, by e-mail or letter. Start a petition....until it goes to vote, they won't know the level of support vs anti.....squeakiest wheel gets the grease!

    "Don't waste time, it's the stuff life's made of..."

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      Posted: August 20, 2016, 5:32 am - IP Logged

       This outcome is a positive and hopeful event. The public is being listened too and will have their say in November if the House approves.US Flag

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        Be sure to let your reps know your stance, by e-mail or letter. Start a petition....until it goes to vote, they won't know the level of support vs anti.....squeakiest wheel gets the grease!

        I Agree!

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          Posted: August 20, 2016, 10:04 am - IP Logged

          I am going to be RUNNING to the polls in November!!

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            Posted: August 20, 2016, 11:04 am - IP Logged

            That didn't take long!

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              Posted: August 20, 2016, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

              Ill be running to the state line.

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                Posted: August 20, 2016, 12:49 pm - IP Logged

                Be sure to let your reps know your stance, by e-mail or letter. Start a petition....until it goes to vote, they won't know the level of support vs anti.....squeakiest wheel gets the grease!

                I wrote letters to both my state House Representative and my state Senator.

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                  Posted: August 20, 2016, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

                  When Alabama gets its lottery, the people that have been driving to neighboring lottery states to buy lottery tickets will be able to save their gas money and use it to buy Alabama lottery tickets locally.

                  Way to go Alabama!

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                    Posted: August 20, 2016, 1:55 pm - IP Logged

                    I hope they join both Mega Millions and Powerball.

                    I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win the largest Powerball Jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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                        Let the sunshine in...

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                          Simpsonville
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                          Posted: August 20, 2016, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

                          I hope they join both Mega Millions and Powerball.

                          I would think they wouldn't be self-sustaining without the big dog lotteries. 

                           

                          Speaking of which, have five states play MM & PB!

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                            casper wyoming
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                            Posted: August 20, 2016, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

                            So they voted no on a very similar bill brought forth by a state senator but yes on a bill brought forth by the governor. Well I guess this shows who they do not want to piss off even though the state senator can do more damage by voting different ways then what the other people think he is going to vote as. If it was me  I would change my vote from what they think it will be to the opposite just to <snip> with them and hopefully ruin a few bills and projects as retaliation for not approving my lottery bill.

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