Published: Sat, April 27, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Alabama Senate to debate lottery

Alabama Senate to debate lottery

The Oregon Senate is set to consider a bill that will allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.

Some lawmakers want electronic games that mimic slot machines considered as part of the bill.

Senators added two amendments aimed at preventing the "paper" requirement from being used to shut down electronic bingo games at state dog tracks. Greg Albritton, is a proposed constitutional amendment three-fifths of the Senate, 21 of the 35 members, needed to vote in favor of the bill in order for it to pass. Albritton said he was not sure how the vote count stacked up.

Alabama is one of five states without a state lottery.

Senators who support the state dog tracks said they want to either allow video lottery terminals at the track or at least ensure that the tracks' current electronic bingo operations can continue.

The lottery proposal reignited the longstanding rivalries over electronic gambling. This still didn't stop Senator Singleton, along with David Burkette of Montgomery, Tim Melson of Florence, David Sessions of Mobile, and Rodger Smitherman Birmingham to vote against the full bill, citing the modern types of lottery-style gaming the bill doesn't allow like the aforementioned fantasy sports as something that is only going to be more of a headache if they try to wait later to allow it, basically calling Albritton's bill too incomplete.

"I think we need to be dealing with electronic", said Sen.

Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, said his aim is to protect the tracks' current electronic bingo operations. The bill now moves to the House floor. If lawmakers approve the legislation, the idea would go before voters next year. Albritton said he is concerned it "does a lot more than they say it does".

The fiscal note for the bill estimates the lottery would raise about $167 million a year in net revenue. Waggoner said it is the only bill on the proposed debate agenda.

Alabama voters would have to approve any lottery measure because it would require a change in the state constitution.

The idea of a statewide lottery is definitely not a new one, with Alabama voters rejecting an attempt by former Governor Don Siegelman in 1999 to have one established.

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