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Lottery Dead Issue in Alabama Legislature

Insider BuzzInsider Buzz: Lottery Dead Issue in Alabama Legislature

Recent news accounts suggest the lottery will be back in the legislature this session due to discussion of budget shortfalls.  Sen. Barron (D-Fyffe) said, "I think we'll vote to let you vote on the lottery." Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) indicated he would seek to introduce a constitutional amendment legalizing casinos and a lottery and Rep. Randy Hinshaw, (D- Meridianville) stated, "We're in the position now where nothing is off the table."

The Christian Coalition of Alabama distributes Candidate Survey Questionnaires every election cycle.  In 2002, discussions of a perceived budget shortfall were already occurring when legislative candidates responded to the CCA questionnaire.

Christian Coalition of Alabama President John Giles stated: "Even if the people voted in a $5 billion tax increase last year, the gambling folks will always return annually to expand their market in Alabama.  We have documentation, signed by House and Senate members that suggests any effort to legalize the lottery is dead on arrival.  In the House we have 53 percent solidly against the lottery and in the Senate 54 percent. The best they can expect, even with the uncertain votes, is 47 percent supporting a lottery in the House and 46 percent in the Senate.  Repealing the lottery prohibition will open the flood gate for statewide casino gambling, documented to be accompanied by illegal gambling operations, increased drug traffic, crime, white-collar crime including embezzlement, credit card theft and prostitution."

For the people of Alabama to vote on a constitutional amendment it must pass both houses of the Alabama Legislature by a 3/5 margin (60 percent). In the 1999 Regular Session, a constitutional amendment to repeal the lottery prohibition passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 70-31 (69 percent supporting, 31 percent opposed) and the Senate by a vote of 24-11 (68 percent supporting, 32 percent opposed). The lottery amendment then went to the people October 12, 1999 for a referendum vote. 672, 802 voted against the lottery and 568,289 voted for the lottery. The citizens of this state soundly rejected the lottery proposal by a vote of 54 percent to 46 percent, although polling data 30 days out from the election indicated approximately 60 percent of registered voters favored a lottery"

For a copy of the House and Senate pie chart showing the vote count and the documentation of legislator's position on the lottery, visit http://www.ccbama.org/Lottery2004.htm.

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Mana's avatar - mana
Virginia Beach
United States
Member #3375
January 16, 2004
93 Posts
Posted: January 17, 2004, 6:29 am - IP Logged

"[...] Repealing the lotter

... insert witty quote here ...

... My behavior and apperance betrays my age ... but I'm good enough ...
besides, people in person would still be afraid to talk to meh, even if I had millions ^^;

    Lotto Czar's avatar - sam
    Harrisburg, Pa.
    United States
    Member #3093
    December 23, 2003
    233 Posts
    Posted: January 20, 2004, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

    Oh yeah.  Beware of those evil sinners hanging out at the mini marts buying scratch tickets.  [Ha ha ha ha ]  Geez don't those states look around at other states, and see how beneficial, and harmless, it is?  Like we're all going to Hell for maybe taking a loose, extra dollar and going to buy a ticket.  Hey, if y'all down there in Alabama, and Tennessee, and North Carolina, and even still in Virginia (except the Washington, D.C. suburbs) are so afraid of selling scratch tickets at the mini mart, or even out of a machine at the Super market; what are you going to do if your legislatures may want to put slots at your race tracks?  Like in Delaware? and in West Virginia, and hopefully soon in Pa.?  Yeah, we're all afraid of that evil element lurking out there?

    Who are they, the evil element, you ask?  Why its those little old ladies spending there fun money at the church bingos and maybe in front of me at the store buying a Powerball ticket, or....  Wow, I'm so threatened.  Like Reverend  Lovejoy is twisting my arm and holding a gun to my head to force me to buy that $1 weekly scratch ticket.

    Keep up the good work Mana, I'm behind you 100%

      6of6's avatar - lightening
      New Member
      United States
      Member #3428
      January 20, 2004
      25 Posts
      Posted: January 20, 2004, 8:26 pm - IP Logged

      I live in southern alabama and everyone around here goes to the casino's in gulfport ,MS or to pensacola ,FL and buys lottery tickets, even to Louisiana to get tickets. The casino's are all the time sending limo's and shuttle buses to take money from alabama and transport it to MS, further some companies are even making a profit at it by starting shuttle services and with georgia to the east and now tenn to the north really a large portion of alabama can participate in some form of lottery, they need to go ahead and get us a lottery so I can save gas money.



      just my 0.02