State lottery bill fails in special session


State senators have punted a vote of a lottery bill after a test vote indicated it did not have the votes to pass.

Senators stopped discussions Thursday on the bill over after a motion to end debate failed.

Senate President Del Marsh said it became obvious that senators did not like the legislation. The bill would have also allowed electronic lottery terminals, which can resemble slot machines and video poker games, in Lowndes and Houston counties, in addition to four state dog tracks.

Sen. Jim McClendon accepted changes to his original bill in an effort to get the stalled legislation through the Alabama Senate.

Alabama voters must approve any lottery proposal.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.


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