Alabama Citizens Action Program Expresses Concern Over Lottery

The Alabama Citizens Action Program meeting today with a group of pastors to show a film called “Out of Luck” about what they think is wrong with state sponsored gambling. Governor Robert Bentley says the time has come to find a more permanent solution to the state’s financial woes and is now strongly suggesting that solution is looking more like a state lottery. Many of the Governor's constituents don’t want a state lottery, including the Alabama Citizens Action Program. Governor Bentley says a state lottery could bring in $225 million in annual state revenue. Executive Director Joe Godfrey who sits on the National Board for Stopping Predatory Gambling says he is disappointed in the plan Governor Bentley has laid out. A special session of the Legislature to consider a lottery proposals will begin on August 15th. In order for a lottery proposal to be on the ballot in the November 8th general election, the Legislature would have to approve a proposed constitutional amendment no later than August 24th.


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