Expanded gambling bill dies; lottery bill to be considered tomorrow

MONTGOMERY (TAB) — One lottery bill is dead after this afternoon’s Senate session and the other will be addressed in the morning.

Sen. Jim McClendon’s lottery bill was just one vote shy of passing, with 20 aye votes and 11 nays. Four senators abstained from voting.

If McClendon’s bill, which Sen. Bill Holtzclaw called a “train wreck,” had passed it would have expanded the placement of lottery terminals from VictoryLand, Greenetrack, the Birmingham Race Course and the Mobile Greyhound Park to include Houston and Lowndes counties. It also would have allowed a gambling compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

Gov. Robert Bentley’s lottery bill, which also is sponsored by McClendon, is next on the calendar and will be discussed in tomorrow morning’s session. Bentley’s bill would create a statewide and Powerball lottery as well as a commission to oversee and regulate the gambling system.

The Alabama Baptist will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

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