Lottery bill clears first hurdle

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 11, 2016

A House committee Wednesday afternoon approved a bill that would allow voters to decide whether to establish a lottery in the state of Alabama, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, would currently authorize a vote on a lottery. But Harper said in committee and after the vote that he expected an amendment that would describe distribution of proceeds, which he expected to be shared between the Education Trust Fund and the General Fund.

Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, is sponsoring a similar bill in the Senate.

If passed by the Legislature, the lottery proposal would go to the voters in November. Alabama’s Constitution forbids lotteries, and Alabama is only one of a handful of states without one.