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
Some lawmakers say Hawaii lottery has a chance this year
It comes up nearly every legislative session, but could this be the year that Hawaii lawmakers legalize gambling with a lottery?
Both House and Senate lawmakers have introduced bills that would establish a state-run lottery, including keno.
Officials say attempts at some form of gaming have been around since 1887 none of which have been successful, but some lawmakers believe the political climate and public perspective has shifted enough that the odds are in their favor.
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Jan 29, 2016, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
Hawaii lawmaker introduces bill to create state lottery
It doesn't have a hearing scheduled yet, but there is now a bill to create a state lottery in Hawaii.
It was introduced last Friday by Joe Souki, the speaker of the House of Representatives, who said recently that a lottery for the state is a distinct possibility.
House Bill 1830 authorizes the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to license a single operator for a lottery, including keno.
A lottery, according to the legislation, would benefit people in this way:
enhancing th ...
Jan 26, 2016, 7:47 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
New Oregon law allows lottery prize garnishments for overpayments
A new Oregon law, effective Jan. 1, authorizes the state Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority to garnish Oregon Lottery prize payments greater than $600 to recover overpayments of public assistance, medical assistance and supplemental nutrition assistance.
What does this new law, approved by legislators, mean to players?
If a player claims a Lottery prize greater than $600 with the Lottery, the Lottery must check with DHS/OHA to see if the player owes an overpayment ...
Dec 24, 2015, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers move to allow lottery sales as gas pumps, ATMs
Florida legislators are moving forward with a bill that would allow lottery tickets to be sold anywhere you can swipe a credit card, including gas pumps and ATMs.
Under this bill, you could get your Powerball, Mega Millions and Florida Lotto tickets at the gas pump, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). It will generate new money for education without expenditure of taxpayer dollars.
As expected, any attempted change in lottery laws brings out the anti-gamblin ...
Nov 18, 2015, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Democrats hold up lottery payouts after Illinois Gov. compromises
After Illinois' Republican Governor Bruce Rauner froze the funds that pay out Illinois Lottery earnings last month, the governor made a compromise this week to get the funds flowing again. Now, however, the governor's office says it's the Democrats who are holding up the payouts.
House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25th) filed a motion to reconsider on House Bill 4305 after the House passed it yesterday with a 115-1 vote. The bill would free up tax money that has already been collec ...
Nov 11, 2015, 6:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers seek to automate lottery ticket sales
The Florida Lottery and education in the state go hand in hand, with the department contributing more than $28 billion to education trust funds since 1988. Lawmakers think they can get that number to up with a bill that would make it easier for consumers to buy a ticket.
The idea for automated lottery terminals comes from a state study where it has been noted for two years in a row that ticket automation could increase revenues.
The Florida Lottery is coming off a record-breaking month. Mo ...
Nov 10, 2015, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum