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Sponsor calls Alabama lottery bill 'dead'

August 26, 2016

"The lottery bill for the 2016 special session is dead,” announced the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, on Aug. 26 after the Senate voted against agreeing with the House changes to the bill (SB3). The House changes included defining the lottery as paper tickets, an attempt to prohibit electronic lottery terminals, and earmarking 1 percent of lottery proceeds to rural fire departments. It was the narrowed definition of the lottery that drove the 7–23 vote that signaled the demise of the bill, several legislators said. Joe Godfrey, executive director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program, celebrated the defeat of the gambling legislation. “As we suspected, when the House amended the bill to exclude casinos that is not what...

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