Lottery bill stumbles in Senate committee

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A Senate committee has delayed a vote on a lottery bill, likely killing the proposal for the special session.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee debated the bill Thursday but did not vote on it.

The proposal by Huntsville Sen. Paul Sanford would have Alabama join Powerball, Mega Millions and other multi-state lotteries.

The Republican senator said a lottery is an option instead of taxes to raise money for the state’s general fund budget. Sanford said his bill is likely dead for the special session.

The proposal ran into opposition from senators who want the state to authorize casino gambling along with a state lottery.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh is expected to introduce the casino and lottery legislation in the 2016 regular session that begins in February.

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