Alabama Legislative Session to include (yet another) push for gambling

01.07.22 – In this new story, Brendan Kirby of Fox10 News discusses the latest push by the Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA) to address comprehensive casino gaming. The opening section of the article reads as follows: “The 2022 legislative session kicks of Tuesday with a familiar agenda item – gambling. Gaming proposals in one form or another have been offered for more than two decades, with none crossing the finish line. Supporters got closer than they have in a long time last year, with the state Senate passing a bill to create a state lottery and gambling casinos. But it fell apart in the House of Representatives.”

To read the entire article or to view the TV news segment, please click the link below: https://www.fox10tv.com/news/politics/alabama-legislative-session-to-include-yet-another-push-for-gambling-expansion/article_13d9b1d8-7016-11ec-ac7d-3f98617e4bd2.html

Group Pushed for Lottery & Gaming Amendment on November Ballot

01.05.22 – In this story, WHNT News 19 discusses the Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA) media campaign. The segment opens with the news anchor describing the history of the lottery & gaming bill, the current efforts to revive the legislation that passed the Alabama State Senate in 2021, and ATOA’s advocacy to get the issue placed on the November 2022 general election ballot.

To view the full segment, please click the link below.

https://whnt.com/video/group-pushes-for-lottery-amendment-on-november-ballot/7281113/

Alabama Race Track Owners Push for Gambling Bill

01.05.22 – In this story, Mike Cason of AL.com discusses the media campaign initiated by the Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA). The opening section of the article reads as follows: “The ad says a lottery and casinos could generate $700 million a year and create 12,000 jobs. Those numbers are similar to those in a report issued by Gov. Kay Ivey’s Study Group on Gambling Policy in December 2020. Legislation proposed last year would have allowed casinos at each of the four greyhound tracks. “

To view the full article, please click the link below.

https://www.al.com/news/2022/01/alabama-race-track-owners-push-for-gambling-bill-but-its-not-in-house-gop-agenda.html

A New Push For a Comprehensive Gambling Bill

01.05.22 – In this story, Josh Moon of Alabama Political Reporter discusses the media campaign initiated by the Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA). The opening section of the article reads as follows: “The ads highlight the revenue and jobs associated with the bill and note that the jobs created would be “four automotive manufacturing plants” and generate more than $700 million annually. They also point out that the state of Alabama provided an auto manufacturer with more than $700 million in incentives and tax breaks to bring 4,000 jobs to the state, while the gaming bill will generate that amount annually without a dime of taxpayer funds.

To read the full article, please click the link below: 

Press Release: ATOA Launches Media Campaign in support of a Gaming & Lottery Constitutional Amendment

01.05.22: Montgomery, Alabama – On 05 January 2022, the Alabama Track Owners Association launched its boldest media campaign yet. The communication encourages Alabama voters to contact their legislators and tell them to let the people of Alabama vote on a comprehensive gaming and lottery constitutional amendment during the November 2022 General Election.  

The television advertisement contains the following messaging points: (Note: click here to view the ad.)

“Alabama spent 700 million dollars ($700,000,000) to create 4,000 jobs at an auto manufacturing plant. Now, legislators have an opportunity to generate $700 million a year and create 12,000 jobs without spending any tax dollars – the equivalent of 3 auto manufacturing plants if they just let us vote on a gaming and lottery bill this November. Call 855-GAMING-1 to contact your legislators today.”

The ATOA is asking the citizens of Alabama to contact their legislators and tell them to pass a comprehensive gaming and lottery bill during the 2022 Regular Session that begins on 11 January 2022. The legislators must pass the bill, before the session ends on 28 April 2022, for the citizens of Alabama to be able to exercise their right to vote on a comprehensive gaming and lottery constitutional amendment during the November 2022 General Election.

To contact legislators by phone, please call the toll-free phone number: 1-855-Gaming-1 (1-855-426-4641). To contact legislators by email, please visit www.alabama4gaming.org.

About Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA):

The ATOA is a non-profit organization with four charter members: Birmingham Race Course, Greenetrack Bingo & Racing, Mobile Greyhound Park, and VictoryLand. The ATOA believes the citizens of Alabama should have the opportunity to vote on a comprehensive gaming and lottery plan that creates, regulates, and taxes an education lottery, sports betting, and casino gaming. The comprehensive gaming and lottery plan, if approved by the voters via constitutional amendment, will provide the State of Alabama with additional tax revenue to fund initiatives that will improve the quality of life for Alabama residents. For more information, please visit www.alabamatrackowners.org

Press Release: ATOA asks Citizens to Call on their Legislators to Pass a Gaming & Lottery Bill in this Special Session

09.23.21: Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA) continues to pursue the goal of passing a comprehensive gaming and lottery bill during this Special Session – currently focused exclusively on prisons and prison reform. Since the media campaign launched at the beginning of September, the citizens of Alabama have made thousands of calls per week to their Alabama State Legislators demanding the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment to approve a comprehensive gaming and lottery plan.

During the Regular Session, the Alabama State Senate passed a comprehensive gaming and lottery bill that would have consolidated, regulated, and taxed an education lottery, sports betting, and casino gaming. Unfortunately, the Alabama State House ran out of time during the Regular Session to complete their work on the Senate approved version of the constitutional amendment and enabling legislation.

The Special Session gives the Alabama State Legislature another opportunity to address this economic development initiative that will create over 10,000 new jobs in the State of Alabama and provide over $700 MM dollars of new tax revenue to fund Alabama priorities including education and trade school scholarships, rural broadband, healthcare, and discretionary funding for counties & municipalities.

Despite the thousands of calls that citizens of Alabama have made over the past few weeks, a comprehensive gaming and lottery bill is not currently on the agenda for this Special Session. In response, the ATOA will launch a new version of the “call your legislator” campaign creative and messaging on Thursday, September 23, 2021. The new commercials will include the following messages:

“On Monday, September 27th, Alabama State legislators will return to Montgomery for a special session on prison reform; and while they could pass a gaming and lottery bill at the same time, there’s no plan to do so. We’ve waited long enough. Alabama has lost enough. It’s time to let the people decide. Call your legislator today and tell them to pass a gaming and lottery bill in this special session; because every day they fail to act, we all lose.”

The ATOA is asking the citizens of Alabama to call their legislators and tell them to pass a comprehensive gaming and lottery bill during the Special Session. The toll-free phone number is 1-855-Gaming-1 (1-855-426-4641).

To view the commercial, please visit www.alabama4gaming.org.

About Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA):

The ATOA is a non-profit organization with four charter members: Birmingham Race Course, Greenetrack Bingo & Racing, Mobile Greyhound Park, and VictoryLand. The ATOA believes the citizens of Alabama should have the opportunity to vote on a comprehensive gaming and lottery plan that creates, regulates, and taxes an education lottery, sports betting, and casino gaming. The comprehensive gaming and lottery plan, if approved by the voters via constitutional amendment, will  provide the State of Alabama with additional tax revenue to fund initiatives that will improve the quality of life for Alabama residents. For more information, please visit www.alabamatrackowners.org

ATOA Calls on Alabama Lawmakers to Address Gambling

09.03.21 – In this story, Erin Davis of WSFA 12 reports on the media campaign initiated by the Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA). The introductory paragraph reads as follows: ” Gambling has been a hot topic in Alabama for years. Despite several attempts, Alabama lawmakers failed to pass a gambling proposal during this year’s legislative session. Now there’s a new public service announcement from the Alabama Track Owners Association. The goal is to get more people to talk about gambling.”

To read the full article and watch a video of the report, please click the link below: https://www.wsfa.com/2021/09/03/psa-calls-alabama-lawmakers-address-gambling/

Opinion: A Majority of Voters want Gambling, Lottery. There’s little opposition.

09.02.21 – In this opinion piece, Josh Moon of the Alabama Political Reporter provides perspective on the state of the comprehensive gaming and lottery plan. The essence of the opinion column is captured in the following quote: “We’re talking potentially around $1 billion annually to pay for college scholarships, broadband internet expansion, rural health care expansion and money for K-12 classrooms. The inability to get this done is, quite honestly, mind boggling.”

Alabama dog track owners launch gambling push – but familiar hurdles remain

09.01.21 – In the news report, Brenden Kirby of FOX10 news reports on the Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA) media campaign. Key elements of the report’s message are contained in the following quote: “The Alabama legislative session does not even start for almost nine months. But Robert Kennedy Jr., a spokesman for the association’s efforts, told FOX10 news that he believes the matter could be included in an upcoming special session that will be needed to redraw the state’s political boundaries following the 2020 census.”

To read the article and watch the video report, please visit the website by clicking the link below: https://www.fox10tv.com/news/alabama/alabama-dog-track-owners-launch-gambling-push-but-familiar-hurdles-remain/article_0185e03c-0b77-11ec-9fcc-17696b73ab05.html

Press Release: Alabama Track Owners Association Launches Statewide Media Campaign

09.01.21 – Montgomery, Alabama – The Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA) has launched a statewide media campaign to communicate the following message directly to the citizens of Alabama:

Alabama is losing hundreds of millions of dollars in gaming and lottery revenue to Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. This continues to happen year after year because the Alabama State Legislature has not approved the comprehensive gaming and lottery plan that would give the people of Alabama the chance to vote on a constitutional amendment. If the constitutional amendment approving the comprehensive gaming and lottery plan were to pass, the State of Alabama would generate hundreds of millions of dollars in additional tax revenue that could be used to fund Alabama priorities including broadband, healthcare, college & trade school scholarships, new job growth, workforce development, and new business opportunities.

The Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA) is asking the citizens of Alabama to call their legislators and tell them to pass a comprehensive gaming and lottery bill now. The toll-free phone number is 1-855-Gaming-1 (1-855-426-4641).

To view the commercial, please visit www.alabama4gaming.org.

About Alabama Track Owners Association (ATOA):

The ATOA is a non-profit organization with four charter members: Birmingham Race Course, Greenetrack Bingo & Racing, Mobile Greyhound Park, and VictoryLand. The ATOA believes the citizens of Alabama should have the opportunity to vote on a comprehensive gaming and lottery plan that creates, regulates, and taxes an education lottery, sports betting, and casino gaming. The comprehensive gaming and lottery plan, if approved by the voters via constitutional amendment, will  provide the State of Alabama with additional tax revenue to fund initiatives that will improve the quality of life for Alabama residents. For more information, please visit www.alabamatrackowners.org