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
British Columbia Lottery taking bets on US election
Who says Canadians can't participate in US elections?
No, they can't vote in US elections, but Canadians can place bets on who is going to win.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has been taking bets on the 2016 U.S. election since early last year. It's become the most popular wager in an online gaming category the lottery calls novelty betting.
The provincial lottery contracts with a global sportsbook based in Ireland to set the odds. BC Lottery spokesman Doug Cheng said the odd ...
Jul 26, 2016, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
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
Pennsylvania lottery winners now subject to state tax on prizes
By Todd Northrop
The small number of states that don't tax lottery prizes has just shrunk by one state.
Pennsylvania lawmakers approved levying new taxes Wednesday on a variety of different things including lottery prizes to help support the $31.5 billion state budget that went into effect earlier this week.
The tax bill was approved by a 116-75 vote in the House and 28-22 vote in the Senate. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf quickly signed the tax bill and related bills to complete the budget pro ...
Jul 20, 2016, 10:43 am - Lottery News forum