MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama Senate committee has advanced a lottery bill as lawmakers try to get the issue of gambling before state voters for the first time since 1999.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Wednesday approved a lottery proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim McClendon. However, Tourism Committee Chairman Del Marsh described the bill as a vehicle for negotiations and said lawmakers might revive the issue of casinos along with the lottery debate.
McClendon’s bill would authorize a lottery where tickets could be sold at stores, kiosks and through a phone app.
Alabama voters rejected then-Gov. Don Siegelman’s proposed state lottery in 1999.