BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — As lottery legislation is currently being considered by legislators, the Alabama Policy Institute released its first video of Alabamians speaking out against gambling.
The video features Rick Burgess, co-host of the nationally syndicated “Rick and Bubba Show” and member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills.
Burgess said there’s a reason gambling hasn’t come to Alabama before now. “The majority of people in Alabama (have been asked time and again and) have said, ‘We don’t want gambling to come into our state in any way, shape or form.’”
He rejects the notion that the lottery would fix the state’s budget issues, saying, “Where is the example that the lottery solved all of a state’s problems?”
The bottom line, Burgess said, is that the money that Alabama receives is mismanaged.
“It doesn’t matter if the money comes from tax revenue … or the lottery, if [legislators] mismanage the money they have now, they’re just going to mismanage [lottery revenue] as well,” he said. “It’s a lazy plan.”
Discussions in Montgomery today by the Senate and House committees on lottery legislation resulted in the House committee approving HB13 on a voice vote, moving it onto the full House. No vote was made by the Senate committee on lottery bill SB19.
Six people including two state representatives spoke against the Senate lottery proposal, and only the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, spoke in favor of it.
Eight people spoke against the House lottery proposal and one spoke in favor of it. The bill would set up a statewide vote on the lottery.
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