A comprehensive set of laws that includes Alabama sports betting is in its last days to pass.
The package aimed primarily at launching a state lottery could see the lodge floor Thursday. Alabama is one of the five states without a lottery.
With just two legislative days in the Alabama session, several hurdles remain for AL sports betting.
“What are the odds? I have made several, especially lottery tickets, I don’t know why I keep doing them,” said Senator Jim McClendon, one of the main sponsors of the package. “It has a possibility, it’s definitely advanced so far. We will find out on Thursday evening.
Marijuana could confuse the situation in Alabama
McClendon said LSR he kept his nose out of House business. He knows the intention is to submit the bill on Thursday.
However, before the lottery and gambling lot can speak out, the House must act on a marijuana bill. This bill received nine hours of discussion on Tuesday, McClendon said.
“They won’t tackle gambling issues until something happens to that,” he said. “Kill it, pass it, I don’t know.”
The last day is Thursday for sports betting
If the marijuana takes too long on Thursday, it could make the Senate’s job more delicate. Although the bills were passed by House committees, it was not without opposition and without amendment.
Passing the House on the 30th day of the legislative session would make it almost impossible to create a conference committee and get approval from both houses. The Senate adopted the principal Senate Bill 319 at April 13, 23-9.
“We managed to get them a good bill and now it’s in the House,” McClendon said. “I don’t react to changes until they approve them. And they can’t. “
If he steps into the House on Thursday, McClendon is hoping for a last-day push to get the package on the bill on the ballot. November 2022. Alabama’s constitution currently bans gambling, so it requires a vote of approval by citizens.
Alabama Lottery Promotion Continued
McClendon said the reason he keeps trying to push lottery bills is simple: his constituents. The Alabama lottery problem has not touched voters since 1999.
“The people in my neighborhood have made it clear that they would like to buy a lottery ticket without going to Georgia,” he said. “Every state that touches Alabama has lotteries. Alabama dollars therefore go to those states. “
Other parts of the package include the transformation of state racetracks into casinos and the addition of sports, retail and mobile betting, on the tracks. It’s part of the political puzzle McClendon says needed to appease some counties in conflict with the state.
Sports betting in Alabama, a complicated question
Tuesday was an important day for the package of bills in House committees. While all the bills progressed, the hearings did not proceed without lively discussion.
Opposition has come from Republicans and Democrats. Some Republicans are worried about the “intrusion” of regulations and the idea of the game, while Democrats want to make sure their constituents are included.
McClendon’s bill also includes instructions for Governor Kay Ivey to negotiate a gaming contract with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Previous game bills were killed due to disagreements between the Poarch Band and the Dog Tracks.
Ivey on board for the games in Alabama
Ivey supports gambling legislation.
“Governor Ivey wants to be able to support the Legislative Assembly’s final game proposal,” Ivey Press Attaché Gina Maiola Told AL.com. “She has expressed that to Senator Marsh and others, and we still have work to do. She remains engaged and in conversations with Senator Marsh.
“Ultimately, we have to be able to control and regulate gambling if it is to be legal in Alabama, and the intention is certainly not to have a casino on every corner. The governor supports the people of Alabama who have the final say.
The gaming package can result in up to $ 710 million in annual revenue for the state, according to a study released last year by Ivey. Including $ 10 million of Alabama sports betting.