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August 22, 2016

Senate Approves Lottery Bill, Action Moves To The House

Governor Robert Bentley called Alabama lawmakers into Special Session to consider a lottery proposal to raise money for Medicaid.  On Friday, the Senate passed SB3 (see full text of bill at link below) by a vote of 21-12.  If passed by the House of Representatives and approved by the voters in an election it would send $100 million of lottery revenue each year to Medicaid, 10 percent of the revenue to the Education Budget and the remainder to the General Fund.

The Bill is sponsored by Senator Jim McClendon and calls for a lottery run by a seven-member commission, with members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.  It would allow the state to enter agreements with multi-state lotteries like Powerball.  The majority of the proceeds from the lottery would go to the state General Fund, which means legislators would determine how the money is used.
The House can consider the bill on Wednesday, August 24th.  That is the last day to pass the bill in order to get it on the ballot for voters in the November 8th general election.  Most legislators believe the people want the opportunity to vote on the lottery.

For More Information Visit This Website: Lottery Fight Moves to the Alabama House of Representatives: Montgomery Advertiser

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