Lottery bill is likely dead in Alabama legislature
It appears the latest attempt to create an Alabama state lottery will die, killed this time not by special interests but, instead, coronavirus.
The Alabama legislature still has about half of its 30 allotment of meeting days remaining, but also faces a mid-May deadline to end the session that began in early February. All meeting days must take place within a 105 day span.
COVID-19, and the restrictions it has caused, will probably kill most most of them.
It's not only Representative Ste ...
Mar 25, 2020, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery bill filed in House with 70 co-sponsors
Alabama Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, filed an education lottery bill Tuesday with 70 co-sponsors that if passed would go to the ballot as a constitutional amendment for people to vote on.
It would approve a paper-based lottery generating about $167 million each year according to Clouse. 50 percent of the proceeds would go toward the First Class Pre-K program and the other half for scholarships. Video lottery terminals would not be allowed.
It's just time that we put this on the ballot agai ...
Mar 12, 2020, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama governor reestablishes study group for lottery
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey reopened the Governor's Study Group on Gambling Policy by signing Executive Order 719.
I am committed to, once and for all, getting the facts so that the people of Alabama can make an informed decision on what has been a hotly debated topic for many years, Ivey said in a press release. Without a doubt, there will be ramifications if we eventually expand gaming options in our state just as there are costs associated with doing nothing.
The purpose of the study group i ...
Mar 5, 2020, 12:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery legislation: Inside Alabama's lottery debate
A drive across the Mississippi state line is becoming a common trip for Alabamians who want to play the state's new lottery.
At least twice a week, Aretha told us as she bought a ticket.
At least once a week, Joseph said from the convenient store right across the state line.
I would rather spend it where we live so we can pay for everything over there, said Brenda Gerganus as she bought a handful of tickets .
Gurganus said she'd rather her lottery money go to Alabama's schools.
Feb 3, 2020, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmaker tries again with new lottery proposal
Includes video report
An Alabama lawmaker says he plans to propose an amendment to the state's constitution to put an education lottery on the ballot for citizens to vote on in November.
The proposal by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Dothan, gives half of the proceeds to Alabama's First Class Pre-K program. The other half would fund some college need-based scholarships. Clouse said Alabama could model it off of Tennessee's scholarship program.
I think the general sentiment in the House, and I th ...
Jan 28, 2020, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
20 years later: Will a lottery vote come before the people of Alabama again?
Saturday will mark 20 years since the people of Alabama voted against allowing a lottery.
This is something that citizens have asked us for by their actions, said Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison (D- Birmingham). They're telling us if we can't get it here, we'll go someplace else to get it.
Coleman-Madison is among many legislators who say it's time to let the people vote again. The details of that lottery proposal haven't been as easy for legislators to agree on.
Senate President Pro Tem D ...
Oct 11, 2019, 9:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippi Lottery officials anticipate rush of sales from West Alabama
People living in West Alabama will soon be able to test their luck in the lottery. Scratch-off ticket sales were set to begin December 1st, 2019 in Mississippi.
The state's legislature passed a lottery bill in September, leaving Alabama as one of five states without a lottery.
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation could not say whether the corporation would market directly to West Alabamians.
Our director of advertising will determine which markets we have a presence in, Spokeswoman Meg ...
Aug 1, 2019, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Lawmaker: Alabama lottery bill 'dead' for session
An Alabama lottery bill is defunct for the legislative session, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.
It's dead for this session. It won't be coming back this session, said Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, who was shepherding the bill in the House of Representatives.
The bill hit a politically fatal mix of conservative opposition to gambling and liberals' feuds over electronic gambling and how to use lottery revenue. Clouse said they do not have the 63 bipartisan votes needed to pass the measure in ...
May 23, 2019, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery bill stalls in Alabama House
Bill stalls on partisan vote, with most Democrats voting against it
Alabama lawmakers Tuesday rejected a plan to allow voters to decide whether to establish a state lottery, a question that was last on the ballot 20 years ago.
Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who is handling the bill in the House of Representatives, initially said it could be reconsidered Tuesday night or Wednesday. Clouse later said the bill was not coming up again Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The bill fell o ...
May 22, 2019, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery plan approved by committee
A plan to allow voters to decide whether to set up a state lottery in Alabama advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives.
The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved the bill. The committee had held a public hearing last week but did not vote.
Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, is sponsor of the legislation, which passed the Senate. But the committee today approved a substitute for Albritton's bill by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who chairs the House General Fund budget ...
May 16, 2019, 7:01 am - Lottery News forum