Lottery bill to be considered in Alabama

The bills will be debated on Senate floor this week.
The bills will be debated on Senate floor this week.

Republican lawmakers consider it is time that local parliament proposes a state lottery.

US.- Last Tuesday Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville and Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, introduced a lottery bill for the upcoming session of the Alabama legislative chamber.

If approved by lawmakers, the document would put the question regarding the opening of the state lottery before Alabama voters, probably next November. Then, in 2017, legislators would define the most important details, like how the lottery should be run and where its proceeds could go to.

According to McClendon, his constituents “constantly” tell him they want to see a lottery in Alabama. “Everywhere I go people are saying, ‘Yeah we’ve got our tickets or we are on the way’ …. They are driving to surrounding states. They are leaving our money and they are coming back and they cannot understand why Alabama doesn’t offer what 44 other states in America offer and that is an opportunity to have their own lottery,” the republican representative explained.

In the United States there are six remaining states that do not have a state lottery, Alabama, Mississippi, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska.