Alabama lawmakers provide insight into upcoming push for state lottery
One of the most influential men in Alabama politics said he expects a statewide lottery and gaming bill to be considered when the Alabama Legislature convenes March 5.
The speaker is on record as saying a lottery bill won't come from his office but I fully anticipate a gaming and lottery bill to come up, former House District 81 Rep. Mark Tuggle a Republican from Alexander City who is now the chief of staff for House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said Thursday during a meeting of his hometown Alexa ...
Dec 12, 2018, 4:20 pm - Lottery News forum
With Mississippi in the lottery game, the pressure is now on Alabama
A lottery bill is headed to the governor's desk in Mississippi. The bill passed the House and Senate in a special session meeting. Governor Bryant is expected to sign the measure into law. It is estimated the lottery could generate $40 million dollars its first year and $80 million dollars in subsequent years. We are told the lottery might not go into effect until 2019.
When it does begin in Mississippi, that means Alabamians can head, north, south, east or west to buy a lottery ticket. Howev ...
Aug 31, 2018, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery becoming a central issue in Alabama governor's race
Alabama's Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are banking on a game of chance to reclaim the state's highest office from the GOP.
Former state Supreme Court chief justice Sue Bell Cobb and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox have sought to make early splashes with their educational lotteries.
Alabama is one of just six states without a lottery. There's also no casino gambling. Only one other state Utah lies contiguous to states with lotteries or casinos, yet excludes casinos itself.
It's an eas ...
Feb 26, 2018, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Democrat Gov. candidate campaigns on starting lottery
Includes video report
Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Bell Cobb laid out a detailed plan for a state lottery Wednesday, saying the proposal would put Alabamians in a better position to get higher paying jobs.
The former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice said under her plan, lottery proceeds will fund K-4 and childcare programs in the state, fully fund career tech at hospitals, and fully fund the gap with federal Pell Grants.
In a video released along with the email, Cobb said a l ...
Feb 7, 2018, 2:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia court awards Alabama man $1 million lottery win
This is the tale of a ticket a lottery ticket, that is. It began on a February day in 2013 and it ended last week in an Atlanta courtroom, leaving an Alabama man $1 million richer.
Gadsden attorneys Jack Floyd and John Floyd represented Attalla retiree Larry Payne when a Gadsden woman claimed a winning lottery ticket belonged to her. Jack Floyd recounted details of the case.
Larry's hobby is restoring old vehicles. On Feb. 13, 2015, he and his cousin, Jimmy Payne, went to Jasper, Tennessee ...
Jul 31, 2017, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama gambling council hears from state lottery executives
The president of Louisiana's lottery said Alabama should be careful in how it drafts lottery legislation and cautioned against defining the game too narrowly.
Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson and New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre spoke to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's advisory council on gaming yesterday.
Both states have long-established lotteries that provide money for public education.
To establish a lottery in Alabama, the Legislature would have to pas ...
Dec 2, 2016, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Gov. says lottery opponents 'should be ashamed of themselves'
After going back and forth during a special session of the Alabama Legislature, Friday, lawmakers declared the lottery bill dead.
That means you won't have the chance to vote for or against a state lottery this November.
Governor Robert Bentley's frustration was evident this weekend during an interview with local media. He said lawmakers standing in the way of what he calls Alabama Progress should be ashamed of themselves.
Bentley says the debate over a state lottery isn't just about ga ...
Aug 29, 2016, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Senate Democrats kill Alabama lottery bill over dog track concerns
It was a step away from passage.
Then the lottery bill fell off a cliff.
Needing just one final vote to go on a future election ballot, a proposal to establish a statewide lottery collapsed in the Alabama Senate Friday when Democrats, key to the bill's success, withdrew their support amid concerns language in the bill or not taken up by the House of Representatives -- could give the Poarch Band of Creek Indians a gaming monopoly at the expense of the state's existing dog tracks.
If we ...
Aug 27, 2016, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Hope still alive: Alabama House passes modified lottery bill
The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts.
Legislators clapped and cheered as the bill passed shortly before midnight on a 64-35 vote, exceeding the 63 votes required to pass the chamber. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate where senators must decide whether to go along with mostly minor House changes to the legislation.
The Republican governor, seeking t ...
Aug 26, 2016, 5:56 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery vote manuevering fractures Republican caucus
Two senators have resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus in the wake of last week's vote to approve a statewide lottery, citing policy differences and claiming senate leaders violated their own rules in an effort to muscle the bill through.
The bill, which was approved by a margin of 21-12, would send $100 million of lottery revenue each year to Medicaid, which is facing a $70 million shortfall this year, with the rest going to the General Fund.
The bill endured a filibuster on the sen ...
Aug 24, 2016, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum