Alabama may try lottery vote in special session
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 ...
Jul 25, 2016, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmaker pushing for lottery vote on Nov. ballot
A lottery vote in Alabama in November? One lawmaker says he wants that to be a reality.
Several lottery bills didn't make it to a vote this past legislative session.
Governor Robert Bentley says a special session is possible this fall, to deal with funding issues with Medicaid.
But one senator, Jim McClendon of Montgomery, says he wants to use that session to pass a lottery bill.
McClendon says he hasn't released any copies of the bill, but says if the session is called in time, he c ...
Jul 21, 2016, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery won't happen in 2016
Alabama state lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the final two days of the 2016 legislative session, but for supporters of a state lottery, the session has already ended.
Though Gov. Robert Bentley in March said he thought Alabama voters would overwhelmingly approve a state lottery if given the chance, a variety of lottery and gambling legislation failed to gain traction during the 2016 session.
A bill to allow Alabama to join multi-state lottery games like Powerball failed to m ...
May 3, 2016, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Legislature seems unlikely to approve lottery
Like buying a Powerball ticket, establishing an Alabama lottery seems more likely to end in grief than gain.
Efforts to create a statewide lottery appear to be dead in the current session, despite a Senate committee's approval Thursday of an amendment that would put the question before voters. Procedural rules in the Legislature's final days are likely to make its passage much more difficult, and House version of the bill appears stalled.
But the Senate's sponsor and other legislators say ...
Apr 23, 2016, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama senator makes one last push for lottery vote before end of legislative session
As the 2016 Alabama legislative session rushes to the finish line, one legislator is pushing for a lottery vote one last time.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Thursday voted 4-2 for a constitutional amendment that would allow Alabamians to vote on a state lottery.
Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) introduced a lottery bill at the beginning of the legislative session, and said at the time it would raise $300 million in additional revenue for the state on an annual basis. H ...
Apr 22, 2016, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
No consensus on what an Alabama lottery would look like
Is a lottery coming to Alabama? Some lawmakers say that's the winning ticket when it comes to fixing the state's budget problems.
But, it's a controversial issue with some lawmakers morally opposed to the idea. It has been 17 years since Alabamians voted no on a lottery, and they might get the chance to vote once again.
Even the lawmakers who do want a lottery don't agree on what kind of lottery is right for Alabama.
The only wild card would be a lottery which would be difficult to bud ...
Feb 22, 2016, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum
Odds not in favor of Alabamians voting on a lottery this year
Leadership in the Alabama Senate says there's less than a coin flip's chance a lottery bill passes the upper chamber this year.
Polls show the people of Alabama want to vote on whether to create a lottery. But, many senators say they want to make sure the right proposal goes before the people and they haven't seen it yet.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh was asked if any of the current lottery proposals stand a chance this year.
I'd give them about a 40 percent chance, said Marsh. I ...
Feb 19, 2016, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama House committee OKs lottery bill
A House committee Wednesday afternoon approved a bill that would allow voters to decide whether to establish a lottery in the state of Alabama.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, would currently authorize a vote on a lottery. But Harper said in committee and after the vote that he expected an amendment that would describe distribution of proceeds, which he expected to be shared between Education Trust Fund and the General Fund.
Our vote today is for our citizens' right ...
Feb 10, 2016, 5:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery bill scheduled for early hearing in Alabama Legislature
A proposal by some Republican lawmakers to allow a statewide vote on a lottery is scheduled for discussion in a public hearing on Wednesday.
The Economic Development and Tourism Committee in the House of Representatives plans to hold the hearing at 1 p.m. in room 410 at the State House.
The bill, by Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, does not specify how lottery proceeds would be used if the voters approved the constitutional amendment.
The Legislature would have to decide that later.
Feb 9, 2016, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
Republican lawmakers to sponsor Alabama lottery bill
The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $700 million and many Alabamians are crossing the state line for a chance to win the prize.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin lslands, but it is not allowed in Alabama.
As people cross the state line to buy tickets, some Alabama lawmakers are working on legislation to change that.
Republican Senator Jim McClendon from Springville plans to sponsor a bill during the legislative session that beg ...
Jan 8, 2016, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum