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
Alabama lottery bill won't make it on November ballot
The Alabama House of Representatives today blocked a committee meeting that was necessary for Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery proposal to get on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.
That means that if lawmakers still approve a proposed constitutional amendment to allow a lottery during the special session, a special election would be required to place it on the ballot for voters.
Bentley, who proposed the lottery as a way to boost funding for the state General Fund and Medicaid, said t ...
Aug 23, 2016, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery bill faces battle in House
Senators thought the lottery proposal they approved Friday directed 10 percent of the revenue toward Alabama's education budget, but it doesn't.
An amendment was added earlier Friday to Senate Bill 3 to give the education budget a slice of the lottery money. But a subsequent amendment to send the first $100 million in revenue to the state Medicaid agency, deleted the education allocation.
Whether that amendment will get back into the bill is now unknown.
I'm going to talk to the House ...
Aug 21, 2016, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
UPDATED: Alabama Senate approves lottery bill
Historic first step toward letting the people decide if they want a lottery
Update: How each senator voted
The Alabama Senate on Friday passed a lottery bill proposed by Gov. Robert Bentley, capping off the first week of a special session called by the governor. The bill, which was amended substantially before the vote, will now go on to the House of Representatives.
Passed by a voting margin of 21-12, the bill sends a proposed constitutional amendment establishing a state lottery befor ...
Aug 20, 2016, 1:15 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Senate kills one lottery bill; the other to be debated Friday
The Alabama Senate Thursday voted against a procedure that would have allowed a vote on a proposed lottery bill sponsored by State Sen. Jim McClendon.
Procedurally they killed the bill, at least for this session, McClendon said.
Senators voted 20 to 11 to reject a cloture motion to stop the debate on the lottery. McClendon said that if the motion was approved it would have meant a vote could be taken on the lottery and would likely have had the votes.
McClendon said that on Friday he w ...
Aug 18, 2016, 8:47 pm - Lottery News forum
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