Alabama lottery bill fails to pass this year

Alabama lottery bill fails to pass this year

A bill proposing a statewide vote on the establishment of a state lottery failed to pass a procedural motion in the Alabama House of Representatives on May 21 that would have brought the bill to the House floor for debate.

The 53–36 vote fell one vote shy of the three-fifths majority required to pass. Most Republicans voted yes while most Democrats voted no. 

Rep. Steve Clouse said the bill is “dead for this session”

The House bill would have directed 75% of net lottery revenue to the state General Fund and 25% to the Education Trust Fund. The Senate bill called for all funds to go to the General Fund. 

Legislators cited disagreement about the distribution of revenue and the expansion of gambling as reasons for the defeat. (TAB)