Legislative Leaders Speak Out About Special Session

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Alabama’s legislative leaders quickly started speaking out about the governor’s special session plan. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston says that a lottery plan should include video gaming for the state’s four greyhound tracks, with that revenue earmarked for Medicaid funding. House Minority Leader Craig Ford says that he plans to file two lottery bills – one for just a lottery – and another that will include a lottery and casino gambling. The revenue from the Ford bills would go to the education budget and be used for scholarships to public universities and community colleges. The last time Alabama had a referendum on a statewide lottery was in 1999 when Don Siegelman was the governor. Voters rejected that lottery plan with a vote of 54 percent to 46 percent.

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