ALCAP expresses concern over gambling bills in the state at annual board meeting

MONTGOMERY (Michael J. Brooks, TAB) — Joe Godfrey, executive director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP), said he was gravely concerned about the threat of gambling in the state during ALCAP’s annual board meeting March 1.

Gambling bills pending in the state include:

  • SB114 — pending third reading in Senate*
    Would clarify the legal status of fantasy sports games and establish regulations
  • HB56 — bill was tabled (3-1-16)
    Would clarify the legal status of fantasy sports games and establish regulations
  • SB232 — pending committee action in Senate Committee on Tourism and Marketing
    Would allow Alabama to participate in multistate lotteries, such as Powerball
  • HB13 — pending third reading in House*
    Would bring gambling to a statewide vote
  • SB19 — pending committee action in Senate Committee on Tourism and Marketing
    Would bring gambling to a statewide vote

*Full House or Senate discussion and a vote is the next step.

After the ALCAP board meeting, the sponsor of SB232, Sen. Trip Pittman, indicated that he has decided to pull this bill. Godfrey commended Pittman’s decision to pull the bill.

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ALCAP Executive Director Joe Godfrey

Godfrey said of HB56, “We’re not talking about fantasy sports leagues that are played by groups of friends throughout the course of a season. Rather, Daily Fantasy Sports is controlled by a small group of big companies (for example, FanDuel and DraftKings). … Soon, if this industry is not stopped, young people will be able to play these games on their Xbox or PlayStations.”

“Proponents of this bill say it’s a game of skill, not chance, but the facts tell a different story,” he said. “The attorney general of the state of New York has banned fantasy sports in that state because he says it is gambling.”

Mike McLemore, ALCAP board chair and executive director of missions for Birmingham Baptist Association, concluded the meeting with a challenge.

“ALCAP is our only legislative voice for the faith community of all stripes in the state of Alabama,” he said. “This organization speaks out on moral issues and on religious liberty issues. We need to support this work financially and pray for God’s leadership.”

To learn more about ALCAP, visit alcap.com.

To contact your legislators, visit capwiz.com.

For the full story on HB13 and SB19, see “Alabama lottery bill ‘on the fast track.’”

For more information about gambling and prevention efforts in the state, visit thealabamabaptist.org and search “gambling.”
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