Alabama lottery vote on shaky ground in Senate
The Alabama Senate started debate Wednesday on whether to allow residents to vote on a constitutional amendment to establish a lottery, but adjourned for the day without a vote on the proposal.
The outlook for both plans from Gov. Robert Bentley and State Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, remains bleak.
We're still putting the pieces together, McClendon said after Wednesday's sessions adjourned. I'm not ready to bury it yet. He gave his bill, which differs from Bentley's in that it would ...
Aug 18, 2016, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery debate: Senators try to reach compromise on 2 proposals
Alabama senators on Wednesday remained divided on lottery proposals as they tried to strike compromise on gambling that has so far been elusive.
Senators began debate on dueling lottery proposals. One bill is a proposal backed by Gov. Robert Bentley to establish a state lottery. The other would authorize a lottery and also allow electronic lottery terminals which can be similar to slot machines or video poker at four state dog tracks.
I think there is a chance that we will get something t ...
Aug 17, 2016, 10:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Committee hears pros and cons of Alabama lottery
Update: Committee approves both bills, sends to full Senate
Bills to call for a constitutional amendment to establish a state lottery were debated this morning in an Alabama Senate committee.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee held a public hearing on the second day of the special legislative session.
The committee plans to meet again this afternoon and take votes on the bills.
At the public hearing, several people spoke in opposition to a lottery and other forms of gambling, ...
Aug 16, 2016, 5:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmakers weigh in on lottery
Several Montgomery-area lawmakers say they could support letting Alabamians decide whether the state has a lottery, and whether Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are sold locally.
But they say they're unlikely to support any effort to allow electronic games at several sites around the state.
The Legislature returns to the Statehouse on Monday to debate lottery legislation and likely other possible revenue fixes for the state. More money for the state Medicaid Agency in 2017 is a priority ...
Aug 14, 2016, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery plan could face uphill battle
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who said a year ago that lotteries were as old-fashioned as leisure suits, now says they are the best remaining option to boost funding for important state programs, especially Medicaid.
State lawmakers return to Montgomery on Monday for a special session to consider the governor's proposal for a lottery to raise money for the state budget.
Previously, Bentley has said he did not oppose a lottery proposal going on the ballot for voters, but was not a proponent ...
Aug 13, 2016, 9:17 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama senator introduces competing lottery proposal
Alabama Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, laid out a competing proposal Tuesday to Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to institute a statewide lottery as a means to addressing Alabama's budget shortfall. McClendon is still working on the details of the bill so he did not have a copy available.
His plan expands on Bentley's by allowing for electronic lottery terminals devices similar to slot machines to be installed in Birmingham, Mobile, and Greene and Macon Counties. The terminals would raise $127 ...
Aug 9, 2016, 4:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama Gov. releases legislation for lottery
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has released the legislation for his proposed lottery to support the state budget.
The three-page bill, a proposed constitutional amendment, says lottery proceeds would go to the state General Fund. A copy of the bill is linked in the Related Links section below.
It also calls for the establishment of a lottery commission to run the lottery. The commission would have seven members. They would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
Aug 8, 2016, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Details emerge about Alabama Gov.'s lottery vision
Governor Robert Bentley said money from a possible Alabama lottery would not fund education, but he's still optimistic voters will approve it.
The Governor provided some details about his plans for this month's special session at a visit to local media outlet WBRC. He's hoping legislators will green light a November ballot initiative, giving Alabama voters another chance to approve a statewide lottery. A similar measure was voted down in 1999. Bentley admitted he was among those who voted aga ...
Aug 3, 2016, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Online lottery sales not approved by Massachusetts lawmakers
Massachusetts lottery players are going to have to wait a little bit longer if they want to buy lottery tickets online.
In their most recent economic development bill passed Sunday, Massachusetts legislators chose not to authorize the state lottery to begin online gaming.
Lawmakers said that they wanted to address other priorities. Those included $500 million in funding for MassWorks infrastructure, and $45 million for new equipment in career and technical education. A new tax deduction to ...
Aug 2, 2016, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama governor calls special session for state lottery
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley believes a statewide lottery is the permanent solution to fixing Alabama's funding woes, and Wednesday, he called for a special session to discuss the proposal.
In a video released on the Office of the Governor website Wednesday morning, Bentley said the goal is to get the proposal passed by the Legislature and hold a statewide vote on amending the state's constitution to allow for a lottery.
The time has come for us to find a permanent solution. This solution ...
Jul 27, 2016, 8:02 pm - Lottery News forum