Alabama Senate debates lottery bill; delays final vote

4.07. 21. In the enclosed article from AL.com, Mike Carson discussed the Alabama Senate debate over the establishment of a lottery. The key messaging point is communicated in the following paragraph. “McClendon said it is time for Alabama voters to have their say on a lottery. Lottery bills are proposed every year but none have passed the Legislature since voters rejected Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery plan in 1999.”

To read the full opinion column, please visit the webpage at the following link location: https://www.al.com/news/2021/04/alabama-senate-begins-debate-on-lottery-bill.html

Gambling Bill: what happened and what’s next

3.22.21. In this article, Todd Stacy provides a summary of the state of the gambling bill. A key quote from the second paragraph reads as follows: “…supporters of the plan say there is still hope to pass it or something like it in the two months that remain in the session, and the impending involvement of the governor as a vocal proponent could change the game completely.”

To read the full opinion column, please visit the webpage at the following link location: https://www.aldailynews.com/gambling-bill-what-happened-and-whats-next/

Adding Casinos Still An Option

3.17.21. In this article, Mike Carson summarizes the status of the lottery bill and explains how the casino expansion may still be included during the 2021 legislative session. The key point was captured in the articles opening paragraph. It reads as follows: “The Alabama Senate Tourism Committee today approved a bill to allow voters to decide whether to start a lottery, and the sponsor of an earlier plan that included a lottery, casinos, and sports betting, said that proposal might return.”

To read the full article column, please visit the webpage at the following link location: https://www.al.com/news/2021/03/lottery-legislation-is-back-in-alabama-senate.html

Alabama Lawmakers Look To Lottery Bills

3.12.21 – In this article, Kim Chandler of the Associated Press, describes what may happen now the the casino expansion bill has been defeated. The key point of the article was captured in the second paragraph. It reads as follows: “Republicans senators introduced two new lottery bills, looking to end Alabama’s status as one of five states without a state lottery. However, the lottery bills face an uncertain outlook because of long-running disputes over how the required changes in state law would affect existing bingo operators.”

To read the full article, please visit the webpage at the following link location: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alabama/articles/2021-03-12/after-casino-defeat-alabama-lawmakers-look-to-lottery-bills

Alabama Senate Rejects Lottery, Casinos; Bill Falls Short By 2 Votes

3.09.21. In the article, Mike Carson reports the results of the vote that took place in the Alabama Senate. The key points were summarized in the articles opening paragraphs. They read a follows: “The Alabama Senate has rejected a bill to allow a lottery and casinos in Alabama. The bill, by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, is a proposed constitutional amendment that required 21 votes to pass the 35-member Senate. It fell two votes short on a 19-13 vote in favor.”

To read the full article, please visit the webpage at the following link location: https://www.al.com/news/2021/03/alabama-senate-starts-debate-on-lottery-casinos-bill.html

Alabama Doesn’t Have A Gambling Problem

3.03.21: Kyle Whitmire wrote an opinion column that was published on Al.com. One paragraph from the article reads as follows: “I’m not against gambling itself. As a moral issue, if someone wants to set their money on fire in the backyard, it’s theirs to do with as they please. And let’s face it, it’s not hard to find a place to blow your money these days, either by crossing a state line or day trading stocks on your phone.”

To read the full opinion column, please visit the webpage at the following link location: https://www.al.com/news/2021/03/alabama-doesnt-have-a-gambling-problem-its-worse-than-that.html.

What Do Columnists Say About Gambling In Alabama?

3.03.21: Greg Garrison summarizes what several columnists are saying about the expansion of gambling in Alabama. The introductory paragraph includes the following statement: “State Sen. Del Marsh last month introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to expand gambling in Alabama with a lottery and five new casinos. The net revenue, license fees and taxes raised by the lottery and casinos would be used to support scholarships, broadband internet access, rural healthcare, mental health, and other programs, according to Senate Bill 214.”

To read the full article, please visit the webpage at the following link location: https://www.al.com/news/2021/03/good-bad-ugly-what-columnists-say-about-alabama-gambling-proposal.html

Gaming Bill Is A Win For Alabama

2.10.21: Josh Moon wrote an opinion column that was published on the Alabama Political Reporter website. The introductory paragraph reads as follows: “Over the course of the last several months, a small group of people representing the various gambling interests in Alabama — the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, VictoryLand, the Birmingham Race Course, Mobile Greyhound Park and GreeneTrack representatives — along with some state lawmakers, have quietly met behind the scenes in an effort to iron out a “grand deal” and finally bring an end to the decades-long fight over gaming in Alabama.”

To read the full article, please click the link at the following link location: https://www.alreporter.com/2021/02/10/analysis-grand-deal-gaming-bill-would-be-a-win-for-the-state/.