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Alabama Casino Bill Clears Senate Committee

Legislation Moves To Senate Floor, But Odds Are Long

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A bill in Alabama that would let voters in the state decide whether to have a lottery and four Las Vegas-style casinos at four existing dog tracks cleared the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Tuesday, according to a report from the Montgomery Adviser.

Lawmakers in the committee voted 6-2 in favor of the legislation. Thanks to the action, it moves to a possible full Senate vote.

Alabama is one of only a handful of states without a lottery. The only other states in the country currently without one are Nevada, Mississippi, Utah, Hawaii and Alaska.

Alabama voters rejected a lottery 15 years ago.

The state is facing a budget shortfall of up to $700 million.

Despite the need for additional revenue, the report said that it’s unlikely the bill will move past the Senate, due to strong opposition from Republicans.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley even said publicly that the bill “is one of the worst pieces of legislation I have ever seen” and that it would “make Alabama look like Las Vegas.”

Here’s a look at the bill:

Alabama Gambling BIll

 
 
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