Lawmaker: Alabama lottery bill 'dead' for session
An Alabama lottery bill is defunct for the legislative session, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.
It's dead for this session. It won't be coming back this session, said Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, who was shepherding the bill in the House of Representatives.
The bill hit a politically fatal mix of conservative opposition to gambling and liberals' feuds over electronic gambling and how to use lottery revenue. Clouse said they do not have the 63 bipartisan votes needed to pass the measure in ...
May 23, 2019, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery bill stalls in Alabama House
Bill stalls on partisan vote, with most Democrats voting against it
Alabama lawmakers Tuesday rejected a plan to allow voters to decide whether to establish a state lottery, a question that was last on the ballot 20 years ago.
Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who is handling the bill in the House of Representatives, initially said it could be reconsidered Tuesday night or Wednesday. Clouse later said the bill was not coming up again Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The bill fell o ...
May 22, 2019, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery plan approved by committee
A plan to allow voters to decide whether to set up a state lottery in Alabama advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives.
The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved the bill. The committee had held a public hearing last week but did not vote.
Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, is sponsor of the legislation, which passed the Senate. But the committee today approved a substitute for Albritton's bill by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who chairs the House General Fund budget ...
May 16, 2019, 7:01 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery plan changed; vote next week
An Alabama House committee today adopted a new version of a bill to set up a state lottery in Alabama, changing how the money would be distributed.
The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee adopted the bill by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who is chairman of the House General Fund budget committee.
Clouse's bill would direct 75 percent of net lottery revenues to the General Fund and 25 percent to the Education Trust Fund.
The original version, by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, ...
May 10, 2019, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi hires experienced executive for its new lottery
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president.
Thomas N. Shaheen, 66, begins June 1 and will oversee operations as Mississippi prepares to join most other states in offering scratch-off tickets and other game of chance.
In an interview on Tuesday in Jackson, Shaheen said Mississippi could start selling lottery tickets by the end of this year.
We'll work at a pace to get it started off as quickly as possible bec ...
May 8, 2019, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Senate passes lottery bill
Without a vote to spare, a plan to let Alabama voters have their say on a state lottery for the first time in 20 years stayed alive today.
The Alabama Senate passed the bill by a vote of 21-12. Twenty-one was the minimum number for passage because the bill is a proposed constitutional amendment, requiring approval of three-fifths of the 35 senators.
The bill moves to the House, where it faces the same three-fifths requirement. If it wins final passage, it would go on the ballot for voters ...
Apr 26, 2019, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote
Alabama lawmakers are heading toward a vote on lottery legislation, with the goal of eventually putting the proposal up to a statewide vote.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee will vote on a lottery bill Tuesday. Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh says his goal is to get a bill before the full Senate on Thursday.
The committee is set to consider a bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore that would limit a lottery to paper tickets. A rival bill to also allow electronic ...
Apr 19, 2019, 2:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery board adopts rules on ethics and records
The governing board for the upcoming Mississippi Lottery is setting rules for ethics and public records.
It is also taking steps to hire bankers to provide financial services and a person to run day-to-day operations.
Mississippi is one of the last states to create a lottery after legislators voted to do so in August, partly as a way to provide money to pay for roads and bridges.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant nominated the five lottery corporation board members several months ago, and th ...
Apr 16, 2019, 2:09 pm - Lottery News forum
2nd lottery bill filed in the Alabama Senate
The push for an Alabama lottery is now a competition.
Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, filed a lottery bill this week that would establish a state lottery and limit it to paper-based games a move that has drawn opposition in the past from senators who say it could give a major gambling entity in Alabama a unique advantage over others.
It's a simple lottery, Albritton said on Wednesday afternoon. It gives people the right to vote as to whether to have a lottery or not. Straight paper lottery. ...
Apr 4, 2019, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama senator announces lottery plan
Alabama State Sen. Jim McClendon of Springville announced this morning he is introducing legislation to set up an Alabama lottery.
The people of Alabama have convinced me, the people in my district, that they would like to be able to buy a lottery ticket without having to drive to another state, McClendon said. They'd like to be able to buy a lottery ticket just like folks in 45 states across our nation can do.
McClendon is a Republican who sponsored lottery legislation in 2016. That leg ...
Mar 20, 2019, 2:51 pm - Lottery News forum